Renown Health received the first call at 4:26 p.m. A plane had
crashed at the Reno Air Races into a crowd of spectators.
It wasn’t just one hospital that responded; it truly was a
communitywide initiative. Without the coordinated efforts and
incredible skill of the first responders, without the knowledge
and resources provided by the region’s other outstanding
hospitals, without the outpouring of love and support from
friends and strangers alike – the tragedy would have deepened.
Because everyone worked together, there’s little doubt that many
lives were saved that night.
The Air Race accident already has taken a deep toll. Lives were
lost; our neighbors, friends and family are
injured both physically and emotionally; we have experienced
something collectively that has forever changed us.
Countless untold stories of heroism and compassion from that
evening remain; this publication is our attempt to tell just a
handful. We hope many will embrace this as part of their healing
process, and that all will find reassurance throughout these
pages that this community is able to care for its own even during
the darkest of times.