Winnebago County 9/11 Emergency Responders Memorial /

Ceremonies will take place all over the country to honor those killed in the 9/11 attacks fourteen years ago. Winnebago County is holding a special dedication at its newest memorial.

Two steel beams salvaged from the World Trade Center will be placed in the Winnebago County 9/11 Emergency Responders Memorial. The park-like memorial is a work in progress and sits next to the County Justice Center in Rockford. It’s expected to be completed in time for next year’s 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Rockford Health System

Rockford Memorial Hospital’s REACT helicopter program has resumed full air and ground transport service. In December, a pilot and two flight nurses were killed in a crash while responding to an emergency call in Mendota.

Rockford Health System

Investigators have issued a preliminary report into the fatal medical helicopter crash earlier Dec. 10 near Rochelle. The NTSB report says the pilot notified the dispatch center about weather conditions and said he was aborting the flight. No further communications were received.

Rockford Health System

A public memorial service for the crew of the Rockford Memorial Hospital REACT helicopter is scheduled for Wednesday, December 19, at 10 a.m. at Rock Valley College in the Physical Education Center.
The memorial service will end with a flyover by a number of aircraft. The service is open to the public.