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Walz orders flags flown at half staff for nurse killed in Brainerd helicopter crash

Gary Schott confirmed with KSTP that his wife, Deb Schott, was the nurse who died in the crash. Photo: courtesy of Gary Schott
Gary Schott confirmed with KSTP that his wife, Deb Schott, was the nurse who died in the crash.

Updated: July 08, 2019 02:41 PM

Gov. Tim Walz has ordered that United States and Minnesota flags be flown at half staff at all state and federal buildings in Minnesota in honor of the nurse who died in a helicopter crash.

Flight nurse Debra Schott was killed Friday after the helicopter she was in crashed at Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport. 

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"Flight Nurse Schott was an outstanding Nurse who was respected and admired by her colleagues and served the public with dignity and pride as a Flight Nurse," Walz said in his proclamation. "The State of Minnesota recognizes Flight Nurse Schott for her dedicated services to, and sacrifice for, her fellow citizens with its deepest gratitude, and all thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends, and entire community."

According to the governor's office, Schott spent the last 15 years of her life as a critical care nurse with North Memorial Health Care. She was also married, with two children and two grandchildren. 
 

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