December 8, 2021

Life flight pilot killed in car crash

(Cleburne County, AL) — An Air Evac pilot was killed in a two-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon on US 431 in Cleburne County, Alabama.

Kevin Edward Ledbetter, 52, of Oxford, was pronounced dead at the scene when the Nissan Altima he was driving collided head-on with a Volvo 18-wheeler near mile marker 210. The driver of the 18-wheeler was not injured.

Kevin Ledbetter (Photo: Air Evac 112 - Carrollton on Facebook)

Kevin Ledbetter (Photo: Air Evac 112 – Carrollton on Facebook)

Ledbetter leaves behind three children from a previous marriage, his wife, Amy Ledbetter, and four children under the age of 13.

“He was the best pilot I’ve ever seen,” Phillip Winkles, chief of Piedmont, AL Rescue, told the Anniston Star. “He was very sure of his skills as a pilot and he would never put his crew in danger.”

Winkles met Ledbetter, an Oxford resident, when they both worked for Lifesaver Helicopter in 2003, he said.

“I can’t really say what it was that made us click so well,” Winkles said. “Kevin was just a fast-paced person, one of those who was friends with everyone and generally was just a really good person.”

Ledbetter’s life largely revolved around his job and his family, Winkles said.

“His wife Amy was a flight nurse,” Winkles said. “That’s how they met.”

“The pilots don’t ever get the praise,” Winkles said. “The truth is, we can’t do our job without them. They play the most crucial role in the helicopter EMS world.”

“So many people are alive in Alabama and Georgia because of him,” the chief said. “I don’t know how it can be put into words to express how big of a loss this is for everybody from here to Georgia. I’m a better man for knowing him.”

Ledbetter was an asset to the community, Winkles said. A visitation is scheduled Saturday 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Golden Springs Baptist Church in Oxford with a funeral service Sunday at 2 p.m.

Members of the Air Evac Life Team will serve as honorary pallbearers during the Sunday service.

Kevin was a native of Reeltown, Ala., and has made Oxford his home for the past 9 years. He served his country in the Kosovo Conflict, where he was a Chief Warrant Officer, a Black Hawk Pilot and later retired from the Alabama National Guard.

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  1. Mike Muench says

    My sympathies and condolences to Kevin’s family.

  2. Frank Battaglia says

    Is this the same Kevin who father name was BUMP? I believe I knew KEVIN IN FORTVILLE INDIANA

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