Summit Air Ambulance Remembers Pilot - KFBB.com News, Sports and Weather

Summit Air Ambulance Remembers Pilot

Posted: Updated:
BOZEMAN -

We now know the identity of the man who died in a helicopter crash near Thompson Falls over the weekend. Todd Hanawalt lived in Bozeman but died Saturday in an accidental landing.

"Not everybody gets an opportunity to go to a job they love," said Kris Kaull, Summit Air Ambulance Paramedic. "And even more so, people don't always get to go to a job where they consider their colleagues their best friends."

But Kris Kaull said Todd Hanawalt did just that. Kaull worked with Hanawalt at Summit Air Ambulance in Bozeman.

Hanawalt was working for a different company when his helicopter crashed near Thompson Falls Saturday.

Kaull said even though they deal with tragedies often as part of a medical evacuation team, it is still rough losing a friend.

"We're around sad things all the time," said Kaull. "It doesn't change our raw the emotions are around this base."

Kaull knew Hanawalt since Summit Air Opened in Bozeman 18 months ago.

That's also when Summit Air Ambulance pilot Mathew Williams met Hanawalt.

Williams described Hanawalt as optimistic.

"He was a bright and shining light for this company and this base," said Williams.  "Every day I saw him was fun. He was a great person to work with."

Kaull said Hanawalt changed the mood of the base every day.

"He lived life to the fullest whether that was his smile around the base, whether that was serenading us around the base with the guitar, whether that was doing what he loved which was flying helicopters." Said Kaull

Kaull says Hanawalt grew up in Montana doing what he loved, flying.

The other two passengers remain in the hospital -- their names have not yet been released.

Hanawalt leaves behind his parents and a brother and two sisters.

  • NationalMore>>

  • Federal judge halts key part of Texas abortion law

    Federal judge halts key part of Texas abortion law

    Friday, August 29 2014 6:22 PM EDT2014-08-29 22:22:36 GMT
    A federal judge Friday threw out new Texas abortion restrictions that would have effectively closed more than a dozen clinics in the state.
    A federal judge Friday threw out new Texas abortion restrictions that would have effectively closed more than a dozen clinics in the state.
  • Woman who drank toxic tea hopes restaurants reform

    Woman who drank toxic tea hopes restaurants reform

    Friday, August 29 2014 6:19 PM EDT2014-08-29 22:19:48 GMT
    A Utah woman who nearly died after run unknowingly drinking iced tea mixed with chemicals spoke publicly for the first time Friday, saying she hopes the incident is a wake-up call for restaurants.
    A Utah woman who nearly died after unknowingly drinking iced tea mixed with chemicals spoke publicly for the first time on Friday, describing the incident that she hopes is a wake-up call for restaurants.
  • California mentally ill inmates get special units

    California mentally ill inmates get special units

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:42 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:42:00 GMT
    State corrections officials agreed Friday to shift mentally ill inmates into separate specialized housing that offer them more treatment instead of placing them in the same isolation units used for other inmates, a...
    State corrections officials on Friday agreed to shift mentally ill inmates into separate specialized housing that will offer them more treatment instead of placing them in the same isolation units as other inmates, a...
  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • UM Grads Invention Breaks Kickstarter Record

    UM Grads Invention Breaks Kickstarter Record

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 8:10 PM EDT2014-08-28 00:10:54 GMT
    A University of Montana graduate gets national attention, after his invention breaks a record on Kickstarter.com, a popular platform used to fund creative projects.
    A University of Montana graduate gets national attention, after his invention breaks a record on Kickstarter.com, a popular platform used to fund creative projects.
  • Priest Lake Auction: Saying goodbye to home

    Priest Lake Auction: Saying goodbye to home

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 10:50 PM EDT2014-08-28 02:50:23 GMT
    PRIEST LAKE, Idaho - After years of obstacles for 61 Priest Lake lot lessees, the end comes on Thursday, August 28th. 
    PRIEST LAKE, Idaho - After years of obstacles for 61 Priest Lake lot lessees, the end comes on Thursday, August 28th. People who have been leasing land from the state, some more than 40 years, will find out if they get to keep their property in an auction.Back in 2010, the State of Idaho decided to divest more than 300 lake lots on Priest Lake.
  • Cobell Settlement Checks Could Be Mailed By Fall 2014

    Cobell Settlement Checks Could Be Mailed By Fall 2014

    Friday, August 15 2014 9:03 PM EDT2014-08-16 01:03:47 GMT
    The people in charge of doling out money in the Cobell settlement want to put checks in the mail by this fall.
    The people in charge of doling out money in the Cobell settlement want to put checks in the mail by this fall.
  • Seven Arrested in Kalispell Sex Sting

    Seven Arrested in Kalispell Sex Sting

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:10 PM EDT2014-08-22 19:10:39 GMT
    A four-day online sex sting ends with the arrest of seven Flathead men for sexual abuse of children, and more arrests are pending.
    A four-day online sex sting ends with the arrest of seven Flathead men for sexual abuse of children, and more arrests are pending.
  • THROWBACK THURSDAY: Johnny Depp in Spokane for 'Benny and Joon'

    THROWBACK THURSDAY: Johnny Depp in Spokane for 'Benny and Joon'

    Thursday, August 28 2014 4:06 PM EDT2014-08-28 20:06:32 GMT
    KHQ.COM - In the late 80's and early 90's Hollywood came to the Spokane area in a big way. One of the most well known films that was shot in the Lilac city was Benny and Joon. The 1992 movie included Aidan Quinn, Mary Stuart Masterson and Johnny Depp. KHQ was on set for a scene of the movie.
    KHQ.COM - In the late 80's and early 90's Hollywood came to the Spokane area in a big way. One of the most well known films that was shot in the Lilac city was Benny and Joon. The 1992 movie included Aidan Quinn, Mary Stuart Masterson and Johnny Depp. KHQ was on set for a scene of the movie.
Powered by WorldNow

Sports

  • Sports
  • Community

  • Community
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Max Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.