Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Prayers Needed

Our son was in a helicopter crash today while on a Search and Rescue mission.

Please pray for him, Brian Grayson, and Kevin Orr, the Officer who was with him.
Update: Sadly, Kevin Orr has died from his injuries. Please pray for his wife and 4 children.

Click for Details.

Video Link.

Updates at Innocent Bystanders.

Flyin' Brian's Website.

So sorry to hear of this. He is in my thoughts.
Terrible News. My thoughts are with you.

Prayers deployed.
Me too RG. I hope and pray Brian and Kevin come out okay from this. Take care.
Damsel and I just posted this on our site:

Retired Geezer and Mrs. G at Blog Idaho have a tragedy on their hands. Please offer your thoughts and prayers for their son and his passenger.
Thanks everybody.
I'll keep updating here and at Innocent Bystanders.
Pat - Our thoughts and prayers are with both of you.

Hang in there, bud.

John and Mrs. R.
God bless you and your son. May he soon return to the pink of health.
My prayers are with you.
Goodness, that's awful. Whatever you need, man-- all the prayers are for your son and you all.
I worked with Brian at CALSTAR in Concord, CA. He is the sweetest and most loving person. I would like to know an address to send a card if anyone has it, I would be thankful.
I am sending my love and prayers to Brian and his family.
I just received this email from one of Brian's Flight Instructors.
He gave me permission to post it.

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Dear Pat -

My hands are shaking as I type this to you. I told Bob Spencer immediately, and he is really shook up.

Words cannot express my sadness, frustration, anger and all the rest of the emotions that overcame me as I read the information on your website this morning. Of all the pilots we've ever known here at Western, Brian is at the top of our list for so many reasons. The top! He has done things in the helicopter business that others just dream about.

And the credit goes to you and his mom, of course, for the way you raised him and gave him the opportunity to grow as he wished. You two could not have done a finer job of parenting Brian.

I am in awe of his skills as a helicopter pilot. He's the poster child for the type of person and pilot we all wish for. A personality that can't be beat, and flying skills second to none.

Wires are, and always have been, our nemises. And unmarked wires over rivers are the worst of all. Fly helicopters long enough and you'll always have some "wire" stories to tell. Bob and I have been lucky so far. I've almost hit wires several times in my career.

My wife, Pat, and I will pray for Brian and Kevin's rapid recovery. And I mean pray! I'm hoping I wake up in a few minutes and find that this is all a bad dream.

Pat, please let Brian know that he will constantly be on our minds as the days pass and he and Kevin recover from their injuries. Brian was due to come to Western Helicopters for some refresher training this month, but he recently cancelled that, moving the date to sometime in December or January. We will miss him, of course, but we are already looking forward to flying with him again soon. He certainly found a wonderful job with Pete Martin Drilling, and I know he will be missed until he returns to work for them.

Thank you, Pat, for keeping us in the loop.

Sincerely -

Pete Gillies
Western Helicopters, Inc.
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Thanks Pete and Bob.
There are an awful lot of people out there who hold you in their hearts. I saw Pete Gillies's long note. He is one of the best in the business and his respect for you as pilot says much about you and the way many of us feel.
I just told my wife Carmen and son Skyler, and we all wanted to pass along our hopes for a complete and speedy recovery for you. I know that you have much on your mind, but you have many friends and family to help you get through this. I hope that Stephanie is OK, knowing that you seem to be out of the woods.
I recall my first flight at CALSTAR 4 was with you. I wonder if you recall your first instrument training flight in the 222 with me. I think you ought to consider coming back to the twin-engine world of EMS, IFR, NVG flying. If you need anything, please do not hesitate to call. Your enthusiasm for life, people, and your high moral standards are an inspiration to me and many more.

Your Friends, Steve, Carmen and Skyler Greene
My thoughts and prayers are with you. My best wishes for your son's speedy recovery.
The prayers of me and my family are with you and yours.
Both men will be in my prayers this Thanksgiving season.
I hope they recover soon!
KeeWee and I will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

..... Mr. C.
I will be praying for Kevin's family and for Brian's recovery.
Hey buddddddddyy wasssup I dont have to say how we feel about you it is well known we all Love you down here.Get well soon

Hey Buddddyyy.I've had the pleasure of knowing Brian since he first startes in this business.He flew for me many times.He is in that short list of pilots I admire.And he knows who the other ones on the list are.Get well soon Buuudddy.

Love JA
Hi John,
I'll tell Flyin' Brian to make sure and read these comments tomorrow.
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