Funeral held for North Memorial Air Care pilot who died in Brainerd helicopter crash

Updated: July 09, 2019 06:32 PM

Tuesday, family and friends attended the funeral for a North Memorial Health Air Care pilot killed in a helicopter crash at the end of June.

Pilot Tim McDonald and nurse Deb Schott were killed in the crash June 28 at Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport.


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Those close to McDonald, who was 44, gathered Tuesday mid-morning at Celebration Church in Lakeville.

Ahead of McDonald's funeral Tuesday, Gov. Tim Walz ordered all state and federal flags across Minnesota to be flown at half-staff in honor of the pilot.

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McDonald worked as a pilot for North Memorial Health Air Care for the past four years, and previously served in the Army as an aviation warrant officer as well as a paramedic for North Memorial. 

"Over these past several days, the pain that we felt, the heartache by myself and by the organization has been terrible," North Memorial CEO Dr. Kevin Croston said. "While today is a sad day, our spirits have been lifted up by this overwhelming show of support." 

He leaves behind a wife, four children and his parents.

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