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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

You could see the hurt in their faces.

To Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, from administrative staff to medical teams, it felt like family members passed away.

"We've lost two members of our family; a family that's a group of dedicated professionals who put their lives on the line every day for our sick kids," said. Dr. Jay Pershad of Pediatric Emergency Medicine. 

Hospital staff received the phone call at approximately 6:30 a.m. Tuesday morning that two of their beloved team members, Pedi-Flite Nurse Carrie Barlow and Pedi-Flite Respiratory Therapist Denise Adams, passed away after their medical helicopter crashed in Fayette County en route to help a sick child in Bolivar, Tenn..

Le Bonheur CEO Meri Armour said, "We want to say to the families how very proud we are of their loved ones and how very sorry we are for their loss, and we want to thank them for their sacrifice of letting these people be available 24/7/365 to go when they're needed."

The Le Bonheur staff along with Hospital Wing pilot Charles Smith, 47, died doing what they loved: Helping sick children. It's what makes it all harder for the Le Bonheur family to cope.

"They are two human beings, truly loving human beings. Very close knit family."" said William Conway with the Hospital Wing, "They're loving, caring, compassionate folks. You can't do this mission, you can't be part of this without loving kids."

Barlow was a neonatal intensive care nurse in Ripley and Jackson, Tenn., before beginning her career at Le Bonheur in January 2012; she leaves behind three children and her husband, Keith.

Adams served as a respiratory therapist for the past eight years; she joined Le Bonheur in August 2003 followed by the Pedi-Flite team in July 2005. Adams leaves behind three children and her husband, Rodney.

Smith retired from the Memphis police aviation unit in 2012 after 25 years of service. He began his career as a pilot at Hospital Wing in 2012. Smith leaves behind two sons and his wife, Chi.

"Pray for them, pray for their families. I know they're in a better place. They've taken care of so many kids in their short lives," Pershad said.

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