Air medical training group creates scholarship to honor missing Guardian flight nurse

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - A medical flight organization honoring one of its own after the tragic disappearance of the Guardian Flight medical crew and aircraft late last month.

Communities are still morning the loss of the flight that went missing near Kake, Alaska with pilot Patrick Coyle, paramedic Margaret Langston and flight nurse Stacie Morse on board.

Morse was a member of Every Coast Helicopter Operations, or ECHO, which is an organization that provides training to those in the air medical profession.

The organization caters to medical professionals wanting to take their skills up in the air like Morse did, and set up the scholarship fund in her honor. The scholarship will be awarded to a flight nurse from a rural community just like Morse.

“The scholarships will be awarded based on need and when we originally created this scholarship we intended to give $1,500 for the first year and then adding $500 for subsequent years," said Joe Zarek, ECHO business director. "As of now, we have received over $6,000 for the scholarship, which is phenomenal. In screening some of the people that have donated funds, they are from rural communities so the need is there. We want to reach as many people as we can to join this profession. "

A close friend and colleague says she thinks Morse would love the idea of a scholarship in her honor as she was dedicated to education in order to best serve her patients.

“She had so much drive and passion for education and life that this was just an automatic thought to try and honor her memory," said Cindy Pratt, a flight paramedic and friend of Morse. "She would love it. She would not want us to dwell on our loss at all. She would just think it was one of the most amazing things we could do for her. "

You can still donate to the scholarship fund here and the application is available March 1.

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