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Jill Atwood reportingRussell Campbell, Cowley's Brother-in-Law: "I ADMIRE HIM...I LOVE HIM, AND WE'LL MISS HIM AS A FAMILY DEEPLY."
A Life Flight pilot, a family man, and a dear friend to so many. Today a celebration of Brent Cowley's life.
Pilot Brent Cowley leaves behind a wife, seven children, and a legacy of service.
Funeral services we're held today in Tremonton.
Aside from a lot of tears today, there was also a lot of laughter. One of his daughter's got up and just spoke about how funny her dad was, and about the little things she will always remember.
Inside this Tremonton church a celebration of a man who loved to fly and who was in love with his family.
Laughter was usually loud and often inside the Cowley's home, at the hospital or even in the chopper.
Russell Campbell/Cowley's Brother-in-Law "HE ALWAYS KNEW HOW TO MAKE PEOPLE ENJOY THEMSELVES LIFEFLIGHT HAS SAID THE SAME THING..HE WAS THE JOKESTER OF THE GROUP THAT COULD DEPRESSURIZE ANY SITUATION AND HELP THEM FUNCTION BETTER."
Hours later down in Salt Lake City Cowley is laid to rest. A Life Flight fly-over brings tears to his crews' eyes. They say they get through these times by talking to each other, recalling certain missions and favorite flights.
KD Simpson/Lifeflight Paramedic:"WE WERE IN A BOWL UP ABOVE SNOWBIRD...I'LL NEVER FORGET IT IT WAS JUST ABSOLUTELY GLORIOUS..DONT REMEMBER WHAT THE PATIENT WAS LIKE BUT IT WAS A WONDERUL FLIGHT..JUST THE THING I WANT TO REMEMBER BRENT BY."
The Life Flight crew has been through a lot in the last several months, but their resolve to get back up in the air has never been stronger. Brent Cowley would want it that way.
KD Simpson/Lifeflight Paramedic:""WE TOLD THEM YESTERDAY THAT WE ARE ALL READY TO GET BACK IN THE HELICOPTER TOMORROW IF THEY'LL LET US..WHEN THAT WILL BE I DONT KNOW..HOPEFULLY SOON."
We found out today that Cowley's favorite type of mission was search and rescue. He loved to hoist someone off a mountainside. So his family takes comfort in the fact that he died doing one of his favorite things.