BRYAN COUNTY, OK -- The name of the Bryan County nurse, injured in Tuesday's medical helicopter crash has been released. Now, the community where she grew up is coming together to help her recover.
Coleman native and flight nurse, Tosha Whitmire, is recovering at a Tulsa hospital after the EagleMed helicopter she was riding in crashed on Tuesday night just outside of the Choctaw Nation Healthcare Center in Talihina. Whitmire was critically injured, but has now been upgraded to stable condition.
A patient on board, 49-year-old Michael David Wilson of Bethel, was killed. Two other flight crew were not seriously hurt.
Whitmire's friends say she has worked at Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma, and lives for helping people.
"As you know, she's a nurse and she's just always wanted to help people. And so it's our turn to give back to her and help her out in her time of need," friend and benefit organizer Christy McDonald said.
Whitmire's friends are holding a spaghetti dinner, dessert and silent auction at the Coleman Community Center June 23rd. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It's open to the public and all money raised will help pay for the flight nurse's medical expenses.
A fund is pending with Landmark Bank. You can also drop off donations at Ma and Pa's Grocery in Coleman and the Calera Police Department.