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CRASH VICTIM: Remembering Shell

While the wreckage of the crashed Mercy Hospital helicopter is removed from the scene friends, family, and co-workers of those who lost their lives are sharing memories.

Fifteen year Mercy nursing veteran Shell Lair-Langenbau was killed in the crash.

Co-workers say it was here smile that not only cheered up patients, but the entire staff.

“She has a beautiful smile, she loved working with people and I know Mercy loved working with her,” said Regan Banks. He runs the North Iowa Youth Shelter in Mason City and worked with Lair-Langenbau for several years as a paramedic.

Banks says she was deeply committed to her job and loved what she did, “it was passion that we had going to work, knowing that we were going to help someone else that couldn’t help themselves. It’s a passion getting up working 24 hours, working 12 hour shifts, going out in the middle of the night.”

Lair-Langenbau will be laid to rest next week.

Memorial services will take place at 10:30 p.m. Monday morning at Epiphany Parish at Holy Family Church in Mason City. The funeral will follow at Memorial Park Cemetary.

The helicopter was based out of Mason City and flying to Emmetsburg when it went down Wednesday night Pilot Gene Grell, and paramedic Russell Piehl were also killed, their memorial services are pending.


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