ROCKFORD (WIFR) — The following are brief biographies of the three REACT crew members who were killed when the aircraft went down in a field south of Rochelle, Ill., in Lee County.
Flight Nurse Jim Dillow, R.N., 40, joined Rockford Memorial Hospital in 1996. He was an experienced critical care nurse and emergency room nurse and had more than 10 years of experience as a flight nurse.
Flight Nurse Karen Hollis, R.N., 48, began her career at Rockford Memorial Hospital in 1986 and worked as a critical care nurse. She held leadership positions as a Clinical Resource Coordinator and a Trauma Nurse Coordinator and had more than 10 years of experience as a flight nurse.
Pilot Andy Olesen, 65, was employed by Air Methods, Rockford Health System's contracted provider of aircraft services. Andy was an experienced pilot when he began flying for Air Methods in 1994 and had been a pilot for REACT for about five years.