Arch Air Medical Services
St. Louis, Missouri
Ron was described as a hard charger in-life, warrior for our nation, provider for his family and a friend to all who knew him.
On March 7, 2015, after dropping off his crew and their patient at the St. Louis University Hospital, Ron flew to their downtown base to refuel so they could respond to another flight request if needed. On his way back to the hospital to pick up his crew, his helicopter crashed just before reaching the hospital.
“Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds – and don a hundred things
You have not dreamed of – wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew
And while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.”
Ron is greatly missed by his family, his coworkers, and his many friends.