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Memorial held to honor local flight nurse killed in crash

North Mississippi Medical Center honored Jim Spruiell, their chief flight nurse who was killed in a medical helicopter crash.

Posted: Dec. 13, 2017 6:04 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - North Mississippi Medical Center honored Jim Spruiell, their chief flight nurse who was killed in a medical helicopter crash. The crash happened in rural Arkansas on November 19th.

Many of his colleagues told stories about Spruiell's legacy. They say as a medical nurse he was always ready to go above and beyond. 

"Jim was a great leader. He led by example," said Tammie Martin, who worked with Spruiell at North Mississippi Medical Center. "He never asked you to do something he wouldn't do himself."

"He's the clinician. He's the educator. He's the safety. He's the public relations," added Stephen Sutton, who worked with Spruiell at Pafford EMS. "Everybody knows Jim, everybody loves him."

The first Jim Spruiell Scholarship was presented to Spruiell's daughter. It will continue to be awarded to people pursuing careers in emergency medicine.

The Spruiell family says they are still grieving. They are overwhelmed and thankful for all the support.

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