One friend remembers the four killed in a helicopter crash 20 years ago

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WYMT/WKYT) - Friday marked 20 years since a medical helicopter crashed in Breathitt County.

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The helicopter was on its way back to Lexington when it crashed. Four people died.

Sister station WKYT talked to a friend of the four people who died that day.

"I can remember clear as a bell. And I got the call I was at home it was right at dark. The day very much like today," said Mike Poynter now the executive director of the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services.

In the heavy fog, the helicopter crashed into the side of a mountain killing Pilots Don Greene and Ernie Jones. Flight Nurse Shelia Zellers and Flight Paramedic Brian Hardin.

Poynter takes a moment every year to remember his four friends.

"They're heroes in my book. Even though they didn’t have a patient they did, they put their life on the line every day," said Poynter.

Poytner also says the number of medical helicopters operating in Kentucky continues to rise. There are currently 72 licensed across the state.