Friends of EMT Killed in Collision Intend to Honor her Memory

October 11, 2017 10:29 PM

Eric Morcos worked side-by-side with Marina DeSteno Challeen for eight months.

The two had tough jobs as EMTs. It's a job where life and death go hand-in-hand. Through the daily struggle, the two became great friends.


"I was with her around the time her mom passed away and so I helped bury her mom and go through all that. It was a rough time," Morcos said.

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Sadly that situation with DeSteno Challeen's mom was just a few months ago. Now, DeSteno Challeen is also gone.

"The family has just been having a hard time lately," he said.

DeSteno Challeen died during an accident between a semi and an ambulance in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 694/Interstate 94 near the north metro interchange at Shingle Creek Parkway.

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Morcos said he was heading into work for a run on a treadmill when he got a call from his wife. She had recognized a Health East ambulance on TV in an accident. he turned around and called Marina who was on duty.

"Called Marina it went right to voice mail. I texted her, "Are you OK?" he said.

Morcos said a co-worker told him she had passed. He called her boyfriend Lewis.

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"I called Lewis and told him. He was so shocked he hung up on me. I called him back again. We talked, and I went over to meet him at his house. It was probably one of the worst things I ever had to tell somebody," he said.

Knowing DeSteno Challeen loved comic books and dressing up as her favorite character, Flash, Morcos decided to do something special for her funeral.

"I honestly I don't think there's anybody in the world who's a bigger fan of the Flash than her, if we could get the costume from either the new Flash or the TV show," he said.

Morcos is reaching out to actors Ezra Miller and Grant Gustin who are both on the new "Flash" show. He knows there's no guarantee either actor will see their request and help out.

Either way he says, DeSteno Challeen taught him one important thing in their friendship to always look on the bright side of things.


Todd Wilson

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