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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Often in times of sadness and pain the right words are hard to come by. More than 2,500 people filled Hope Church Tuesday morning to remember not just three members of a pediatric flight crew, but members of their family.

Vanderbilt Children's Hospital Neonatal Manager Jerry Ballhagen says, "All of the words that were said the team that went down were fantastic, Christian and gave it all to support our kids and take care of our kids that's tremendous in my book."

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On Oct. 22, Hospital Wing Pilot Charles Smith, Pediatric Flite Nurse Carrie Barlow and Pediatric Flite Respiratory Therapist Denise Adams died in a helicopter crash. They were en route to pick up a child from Bolivar.

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Le Bonheur Children's Hospital Criler Chrisler says, "It would be hard for us to continue doing what we're doing in their remembrance but they would want us to go back, they would want us to continue they work that they did and that's exactly what we're going to do."

Family and friends wore ribbons pinned to their clothing, as crews from as far away as Minneapolis stood side by side, looking toward a stage, and a table with meticulously positioned uniforms, flags and black boots.

Life Link Flight Crew Minneapolis Kolby Kolbet says, "You suffer right along with them and share empathy that your program is very susceptible to the same tragedy so it's important that we're here to support them in these hard times."

The few words expressed to describe what felt so overwhelming bravery and heroes who took one last flight, lost their lives, trying to save just one more life.

Kolbet says, "They died doing what they love, no one dies doing what they love, what they love is their families and friends, they don't want to die doing what they love, they want to be with those that they love."

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Nearly 2,000 people attended a memorial service for a pilot and two hospital workers killed in a medical helicopter crash in Tennessee.

Le Bonheur Children's Hospital officials say the memorial took place Tuesday at Hope Presbyterian Church in Memphis.

Attendees offered prayers and remembrances for 47-year-old pilot Charles Smith, 43-year-old nurse Carrie Barlow and 43-year-old respiratory therapist Denise Adams.

They died when the Hospital Wing helicopter crashed and burned while on the way to pick up an ailing child in Bolivar last Tuesday. National Transportation Safety Board investigators are working to determine the cause of the crash in Somerville, about 45 miles east of Memphis.

Emergency first-responders from West Tennessee and around the country attended the service, which included a recessional of ambulances and fire trucks.

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