MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (AP) — Officials in eastern Kentucky have passed a resolution to honor a flight nurse killed in a helicopter crash earlier this year.
The Middlesboro Daily News (http://bit.ly/16k7BgE ) reports Bell County Fiscal Court voted to rename a portion of Kentucky 190 as the Jesse Lee Jones Memorial Highway.
Jones, who was 28, and two others died in June when the medical helicopter they were in crashed near Manchester. The team was on their way back to base after transporting a patient to a London hospital.
Jones grew up in the area, attending Frakes Elementary School and graduating from Bell County High School in 2003. He graduated from Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College with an associate's degree in nursing.
Kathy Guyn, division chair of nursing and related technologies program coordinator at the college, said Jones was living his dream by working as a flight nurse in Air Evac's Manchester office.
"It takes a special person to be a paramedic," said Judge-Executive Albey Brock. "They don't make near enough money for what it is they do, and when you make a commitment to get in that helicopter and fly in some inclement weather. it takes courage."
Federal officials are investigating the crash.
Information from: The Daily News, http://www.middlesborodailynews.com