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Local flight nurse laid to rest

Loved ones gathered for a funeral at Sulligent High School for chief flight nurse, Jim Spruiell.

Posted: Nov 26, 2017 10:45 PM
Updated: Nov 26, 2017 10:46 PM

SULLIGENT, Ala. (WTVA) - The local flight nurse killed in a medical helicopter crash last weekend was laid to rest Sunday afternoon. 

A funeral was held at the gym at Sulligent High School for fallen flight nurse, Jim Spruiell. 

"This is a double loss, not only for Pafford Air One but also for Care Flight North Mississippi Medical Center," said Stephen Sutton, director of clinical services for Pafford Air One. 

Spruiell and Sutton reported primarily to the Pafford Air One base in Clarksdale, Miss. There they would fly together. However, Sutton stood as preacher at Spruiell's funeral Sunday afternoon. 

"I like to say that he was the total package - the clinician, the educator, the public relations, just a phenomenal man that we've lost," said Sutton. 

Flight nurses and first responders filled the high school gym, the same high school Spruiell graduated from in '74. Emergency service members came from different communities and organizations. 

   

There was not a dry eye in that gym as loved one's described Spruiell's career as "his calling" and education was a vital part in his life. However, those who attended were able to share a life as Sutton jokingly said Spruiell would have hated the attention. 

From the number of those who attended the funeral and the countless tributes to honor him, it is not doubt Jim Spruiell will not be forgotten. 

Spruiell was one of three people on board the helicopter when it went down near De Witt, Arkansas last weekend. The cause of the crash is still under investigation. 

Spruiell was the chief flight nurse at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, where he worked for over twenty years. 

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