Proud and pained families accept honor for Pedi-Flite crash victims

Proud and pained families accept honor for Pedi-Flite crash victims
Source: WMC Action News 5
Source: WMC Action News 5
Source: WMC Action News 5
Source: WMC Action News 5

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - More than one year after three first responders died in a Pedi-Flite crash outside Somerville, TN, they were honored for their sacrifice.

There are still questions regarding what caused the crew's helicopter to go down on October 22, 2013, in Fayette County. Since the crash, National Transportation Safety Board released few details. No official cause for the crash has been determined.

But any unanswered questions don't make pediatric respiratory therapist Denise Adams, pediatric nurse Carrie Barlow, and pilot Charles Smith anything less than heroes.

With pride in his eyes on Thursday, Rodney Adams accepted an honor for his wife, Denise.

"It's always tough to have to think about the accident and what happened," he said. "It was all about helping kids. So, that was her passion, and despite the accident, she probably wouldn't change anything. She would always want to be there for the kids."

Relatives of all three victims accepted the Three Stars Award from Tennessee public safety leaders. It's the state's highest award given to first responders killed in the line of duty.

"This is our opportunity to really acknowledge their service, sacrifice, and commitment to really supporting our first responders in every way that we can," said Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell.

Rodney Adams is grateful for the recognition his wife was given.

"It's been a year and three months since she's been gone. You know, I have to be strong for our children. Just taking it day by day."

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