A public memorial for three medical flight-crew members who died in a helicopter crash Monday is scheduled for next week.
The service will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Rock Valley College Physical Education Center, 3301 N. Mulford Road.
Rockford Health System officials are expecting a large crowd, which is why they sought out a large venue. The health system ran the REACT helicopter program for 25 years.
Pilot Andy Olesen and flight nurses Jim Dillow and Karen Hollis died when their helicopter crashed in rural Lee County. The chopper was flying to pick up a critically ill patient at Mendota Community Hospital when the crew encountered bad weather and planned on turning back toward Rockford.
For the memorial service, health system officials have asked all emergency vehicles to arrive by 8 a.m. and participants in uniform to arrive between 8:30 and 9 a.m.
Officials, the public and any participants not in uniform are asked to arrive by 9 a.m.
The service is expected to last about an hour, ending with an fly-over by several aircraft.