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    Default Great loss to our VFD

    We are sad to report the loss of one of our firemen, James Archer.
    James was a pilot for North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, MS.
    His Helicopter went down last night about 11:30. He was a geat firefighter, Board member, father, son, husband and friend. Please Pray for his family and our fire department as we suffer through his loss. Rest in Peace, James.
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    My condolences to you and your department. What a loss!

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    God bless them. Air medical folks are sorely under-recognized for the risks they take. We landed one in a pretty dicey LZ after dark a few weeks ago, and it was very unnerving for us.

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    Everyone is in our thoughts and prayers. I met James when one of my premie daughters was in NICU there in Tupelo. Seemed like a great fellow.
    My condolences, to all whos lives he touched.

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    My deepest condolences to you and your department and to the family and friends of firefighter James Archer.

    May he rest in peace.

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    Our deepest condolences to your department and to the family of FF James Archer, may he rest in peace.

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    Rest in peace James, you now have the ultimate set of wings on you.
    My condolences to his family and his brothers at the FD.
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    My prayers and sympathies for his family and friends.

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    Prayers go out from us also.

    Seems like you have had a lot of men go down in MVA's and AVA'a lately...
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    Rest in peace, Brother.
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    Originally posted by LeuitEFDems
    Rest in peace James, you now have the ultimate set of wings on you.
    My condolences to his family and his brothers at the FD.
    Beautifully put, LeuitEFDems

    Thank you.

    Arrangements to be made tommorrow.
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    May God bless you all in your time of need, Rest in Peace James.
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    Condolences on your loss

    Rest in Peace Brother...Gone but Never Forgotten
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    my thoughts and prayers are out to you and his friends and family. our own dept just lost a brother last week, so i know how hard this is for you.

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    arhaney, did the rest of the crew perish as well? If so, my condolences go out to there families as well.
    The comments made by me are my opinions only, not of the Fire and EMS services I am affiliated with.

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    No, they did not, there was a problem with the helicopter and he sent the flight crew back by ground ambulance.
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    PILOT REMEMBERED AS CARING COLLEAGUE, GIVING VOLUNTEER
    1/6/2005 11:04:23 PM
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    BY MICHAELA GIBSON MORRIS


    Daily Journal


    TUPELO - It will be difficult to fill the wings and shoes left by the death of pilot James Archer.


    "This is devastating to the entire organization," said John Heer, chief executive officer for the North Mississippi Medical Center system.


    Archer, 58, of Wren had served 17 1/2 years of the NMMC air ambulance service's 18-year history.


    In addition to his aviation service, family members said he was a tireless community volunteer.


    "He helped everybody," said Nedra Chauvin, Archer's wife's sister of Trussville, Ala. "He was the most unselfish person."


    Archer spreadheaded efforts to equip the Wren Volunteer Fire Department.


    "The whole volunteer fire department is torn up," said his brother, Ronald Archer.





    Fun-loving, safety-smart


    His NMMC colleagues remembered Archer as a gregarious friend who didn't take short cuts with safety.


    The first time chief flight nurse Teresa Wilbanks met Archer 16 years ago, he joked about taking a flight under the U.S. 78 overpass.


    "He was real fun loving," Wilbanks said. "But if your seat belt wasn't on, he wasn't going anywhere. Safety was a priority with him."


    Archer, who also flew fixed wing aircraft, began flying helicopters 30 years ago for the U.S. Army National Guard.


    He told his family and his coworkers that his work flying critically ill and injured patients was the most gratifying he had ever had.


    "You couldn't ask for anybody to do a better job," said chief pilot David Young, aviations service manager.


    As one of four pilots for the service, Young estimated Archer would have flown about 1,800 missions.


    Family members said they take comfort in knowing that Archer died doing what he loved.


    "He didn't do it for the money," said Andy Chauvin, Archer's brother-in-law, who lives in Trussville. "He'd have paid them to do it."


    Archer's survivors include his wife, Marcia of Wren; a daughter, Leigh Anne, her husband, Chris Erikson, and their daughter, Campbell Lee Erikson.



    Appeared originally in the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, 1/7/2005 8:00:00 AM, section A , page 1
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    Default Obituary For Maj. James Archer

    Maj. James Archer


    WREN - Retired Major James Carroll Archer, 58, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2005, as the result of a helicopter accident in Tippah County. He was born July 15, 1946, in Amory to Lorine Williams Archer and J.C. Archer Jr. He grew up in the Wren community. He was a 1964 graduate of Amory High School and a graduate of Thomas Edison State College. He attended Mississippi State University, where he was a member of the Famous Maroon Band. He married Marsha Tabbert in 1970. He was a member of the ROTC and a longtime member of the Army National Guard, serving in the 155th Armored Brigade Aviation Sector. He was a member of St. Andrews United Methodist Church, where he served on the administrative board. He was a founding member of the Wren Volunteer Fire Department and a member of the Mississippi Firefighters Association. He was employed by Air Methods Corp. and worked as an aeromedical pilot for the North Mississippi Medical Center's Flight Services. He was a member of the Association of Pilots of America and the Professional Helicopter Pilots Association. He was an Amory Panthers fan and enjoyed sports and working in his shop. He loved his family. A loving husband, devoted father and grandfather, he leaves his family, his coworkers and countless friends with many precious memories. He will be dearly missed, but his kind heart and friendly smile will radiate in hearts and minds forever.


    Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Amory with Bro. Aubrey Boren and Bro. Tom Sheffield officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow in the Haughton Memorial Park in Amory. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.


    Survivors include his wife, Marsha Tabbert Archer of Wren; his mother, Lorine Archer of Wren; a daughter, Leigh Ann Erikson and husband, Chris, of Clarksville, Tenn.; a grandchild, Campbell Leigh Erikson; three brothers, Kenneth Archer and wife, Candy, and Ronald Archer and wife, Doris, all of Wren, and Walter Archer and wife, Patricia, of Houston; 12 nieces and nephews, John Isaac Cox, Bridget Carter, Cole Archer, Kerry Archer, Brittany and Brandon Archer, Matthew and Anna Archer, Heather Goza, Josh Tabbert, and Chandler and Kelsey Chauvin; four great-nieces and great-nephews, Chandler and McKenzie Carter, Matthew Reed and Taylor Tabbert.


    He was preceded in death by his father; and his grandparents, Dave and Lela Mae Williams, and Mr. and Mrs. Jasper C. Archer.


    Pallbearers will be members of the Wren Volunteer Fire Department.


    Honorary pallbearers will be the North Mississippi Medical Center Air Flight Crew and Emergency Medical Services staff.


    Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. today and until 1 p.m. Sunday.


    Memorials may be sent to the James Archer Memorial Fund, c/o BancorpSouth, 1 Mississippi Plaza, Tupelo MS 38801; St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105; and St. Andrews United Methodist Church, 1123 Legion Drive, Amory MS 38821.
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    Rest In Peace. You have my prayers.
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