Healthcare workers gather for C-130 flyover

People gather to watch the Wyoming Air National Guard’s 153rd Airlift Wing conduct a C-130 flyover to honor healthcare workers Friday afternoon outside St. John’s Health. The planes were unable to make their scheduled appearance due to weather.

When the Wyoming National Guard’s 153rd Airlift Wing wasn’t able to make a planned flyover for Friday’s “Salute to Healthcare Heroes,” Jackson Hole Fire/EMS stepped in.

“Fire and EMS clearly filled the void by bringing all of their rigs over around the hospital and had the lights flashing,” St. John’s Health CEO Dr. Paul Beaupre said. “It was such a wonderful feeling and salute to our health care workers.”

The statewide salute to front-line medical workers missed Jackson at the last minute due to weather, Beaupre said. The short-notice cancellation left no time to notify the public that the C-130s wouldn’t appear in Jackson skies.

The hospital chief gave his own shout-out during Friday’s weekly COVID-19 community update, which was streamed live from Town Hall.

“I remain so proud of all of our health care workers,” Beaupre said, “and our first responders for their acts of heroism every day.”

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Managing Editor Rebecca Huntington has worked for newspapers across the West. She hosts a rescue podcast, The Fine Line. Her family minivan doubles as her not-so-high-tech recording studio.

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