Flight nurse ID'd in fatal helicopter crash has Huntsville ties

Published: Mar. 27, 2016 at 12:31 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 24, 2016 at 12:44 AM CDT
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(Source: WAFF)
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MADISON, AL (WAFF) - The flight nurse in a Saturday morning Coffee County helicopter crash has been identified as Huntsville native Stacey Cernadas.

Stacey and three others--including the pilot, flight medic, and patient--were killed after picking up a patient from a single-vehicle accident of Coffee County Road 606. The four crashed near the an area in the Goodman community.

Read: 4 victims of South AL medical helicopter crash identified

Many, including family and friends are mourning the loss of the victims, whom authorities released the names of Saturday evening.

Stacey's parents live in Madison. Her father Javier Cernadas had this to say about his daughter:

Stacey had a larger than life personality and had many, many friends all around the U.S.... I can tell you that while we are extremely saddened by today's events we are immensely proud of Stacey. She loved more than anything being a flight nurse and helping those in critical need.

Stacey was born in Huntsville, but grew up in Rome, Georgia, and her father says she visited he and her stepmother often.

Javier said his daughter previously attended the University of Alabama in Huntsville a few years ago but left to be a flight attendant for Northwest Airlines.

A few years later she was certified as a registered nurse and advanced to get EMT licenses required for her dream job as a flight nurse.

Authorities are trying to determine what caused the crash.

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