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A Year Later – He's Out Of The Hospital; Flight For Life Nurse Burned Over 90% Of His Body

By Alan Gionet

FRISCO, Colo. (CBS4) - They were powerful steps, not taken lightly.

Dave Repsher has been through the most painful of treatments -- for burns. This week, he walked out of a hospital to go home after more than a year of inpatient treatment.

Dave Repsher
Dave Repsher at home (credit: Dawg Nation Hockey)

Repsher is the Flight For Life nurse who barely survived the crash of a helicopter near the St. Anthony Summit Medical Center on Fourth of July weekend last year. The helicopter, with a mechanical problem, lifted off, then crashed only a few feet away.

helicopter frisco crash flight for life
(credit: Lake Dillon Fire)

A lawsuit by the families claims the helicopter had a malfunction in its tail rotor. Repsher was burned over 90 percent of his body.

The crash killed pilot Patrick Mahany. One other nurse was on board, Matt Bowe. His injuries were less severe than Repsher's and he's returned to work.

Patrick Mahany
Patrick Mahany (credit: CBS)

The battle to overcome the damage from burns has been a daily fight. His wife Amanda has been by his side. Repsher is a hero in the community; known for the many times he helped others. He has a reputation as a tough guy, burnished by his love of the outdoors and hockey.

Dave Repsher
Dave Repsher (credit: Dawg Nation Hockey Foundation)

The community gave back. Fundraising efforts in the community to help Repsher and his wife brought in money. A hockey tournament run by the charity Dawg Nation Hockey Foundation at Copper Mountain early this year brought in more.

Dawg Nation Tournament
Night play at Dawg Nation Tourney at Copper Mountain (credit: Dawg Nation Hockey Foundation)

Repsher's medical issues are not resolved, but he's home. He and Amanda walked out of the hospital hand-in-hand.

Repsher did it under his own power.

Alan Gionet is anchor of the CBS4 Morning News and reports on a wide variety of issues and "Good Question" stories. He started at CBS4 in 1994. Follow Alan on Twitter @AlanGTV.

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