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Mercy Hospital Officials Bless New Lifeline Helicopter

Father Safari Burusu performed the ceremony, he blessed not only the helicopter, but the flight crew as well.
JOPLIN, MO.--- Mercy Hospital Joplin officials bless their new helicopter. Father Safari Burusu, a priest chaplain with Mercy Joplin Pastoral Services performed the ceremony. He blessed not only the helicopter, but the flight crew as well.

The new helicopter carried in Sister Cabrini Koelsch for a special landing. Mercy officials launched their new helicopter November 10th after ending a 21 year relationship with Medflight. The aircraft contains the latest in medical transport equipment.

"The ultimate thing the aircraft is, that everyone goes home at the end of the day. Crews goes home, pilot goes home, patient goes home and you don't do that without all the bells and whistles that are related to safety," said Dr. Charles Sheppard, Mercy Lifeline Medical Director. 

Mercy has three other company-owned helicopters in the Ozark Region- Branson West, Bolivar and St. Robert.

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