Memorial Medal
Brian Lewis Harden

University of Kentucky Air Medical Service
Lexington, Kentucky
June 14, 1999


The following biography appears in the National EMS Memorial Book:

Brian Harden"Let us Smile... let us laugh...let us cry, as we remember them," said the chaplain.

"He was just a heck of a guy. It's awful easy to talk good about people when something bad happens to them. But I think you could call everybody who's ever talked to Brian and you wouldn't hear a bad thing about him." Carlos Coyle, a paramedic, said of his colleague, Brian Harden, "he was a very upbeat person who liked to golf, fish, and hunt. Never in a bad mood, always, laughing, smiling," Coyle said.

Brian Harden, age 31, was killed on June 14, 1999, along with three other crew members in a helicopter crash, on a tree-covered, yet rocky, mountainside. After a quiet day, the four crew members were heading for home when their helicopter ambulance slammed into a Breathitt County hillside in dense fog.

Harden was an on-call paramedic for UK since 1998. He also was a flight paramedic for St. Joseph's Hospital Care Flight since 1994, and was a paramedic supervisor for Georgetown-Scott County EMS since 1992. From 1990-92, Harden was a paramedic for Madison County EMS.

Brian Harden is survived by his wife, Patty, and three daughters, Kennedy, Bailey, and Brianna.