On Feb. 22 at 5:28 in the morning, an EagleMed helicopter lifted off from Integris Baptist Medical center in Oklahoma City, Okla. On board were a crew of three, Pilot Mark Montgomery, flight nurse Chris Denning and paramedic Billy Wynne.
They were on the way to Watonga, Okla., to pick up a cardiac patient for transfer. Three minutes and thirty seconds into the flight, the satellite tracking system which monitors flights for EagleMed stopped receiving data from the helicopter. Shortly after, that a 911 call from employees at St. Ann Retirement Center reported a helicopter crashed and on fire in their parking lot. The pilot and flight nurse were killed in the crash but retirement center workers pulled paramedic Billy Wynne from the burning helicopter shortly before it exploded.
Billy Wynne is the son-in-law of local couple Jim and Kathy Lindsey of Harrisburg. He was taken to a hospital in Dallas, Texas for treatment. The helicopter impacted on its right side, where Billy was seated. He suffered third degree burns over sixty percent of his body as well as fractures to his right foot, ankle and leg. Additional injuries included fractures to his collar bone and vertebrae and spinal injuries.
Billy is married to Katy Lindsey Wynne and the couple has a son, Nicholas, who is two and a half years old, they are also expecting a daughter in June. Billy enjoys building and gardening, having built an addition to the couple’s home, refinished a mahogany boat and built a camper trailer previous to the crash.
“He loves flying” said his father-in-law, Jim Lindsey.
“He was a comfort to many, many people in the course of his work.” Lindsey added.
Though one leg was amputated this week due to complications from his injuries, Billy is expected to recover from the crash. His family is requesting that members of our community send cards of encouragement for Billy, his wife and children. The address is: Parkland Hospital, Burn Unit, Attention Billy Wynne, 5201 Harris Hines Boulevard, Dallas, Texas 75235.
“Sometimes they had to fly in awful, dangerous weather.” said Jim Lindsey adding, “Billy loves to help others.”