We Put Faces to the Victims of Sunday Night’s Air Ambulance Crash


This tragedy has made our community seemingly smaller as we remember the victims, and the family and friends that are mourning together. 

We sat down with a group of CHI St. Alexius Nurses who were close to Bonnie Cook, the RN who was killed in an air-ambulance crash Sunday night.

They say it was a routine call that ultimately took her life.

She was a NICU nurse for over 28 years, and died on the way to help a baby in need.

Her Clinical Supervisor calls Cook a champion of nurses and a fantastic motivator.

NICU Supervisor Nellie Blotter says, “She always had great ideas and suggestions. When you were stuck on a problem, I would often summon Bonnie for her input and it was always helpful.”

Bonnie Cook was the oldest of 15 children and has 2 kids of her own. Her son is serving in the army and her daughter also works at St. Alexius Health.

Blotter adds, “She was opinionated. Whether you agreed or not, it was worth consideration every time.”

Chris Iverson was the paramedic on board. He worked for Jamestown Area Ambulance, before coming to Bismarck-Mandan in 2016.

We don’t have a photo of Todd Lasky. He was the pilot on the Cessna 441. In addition to flying, Lasky was the owner and mechanic at a small engine repair shop in Bismarck.

Cook’s family is asking for donations to St. Alexius NICU in lieu of flowers.

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