Published on December 04, 2017

Memorial Service Set for Spruiell

TUPELO, Miss.—A memorial service for James L. “Jim” Spruiell, chief flight nurse for North Mississippi Medical Center’s CareFlight, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, at The Orchard, 1379 Coley Rd.

Spruiell, 61, of Sulligent, Ala., was one of three people who died Nov. 19 in a medical helicopter crash in rural Arkansas. The helicopter, which was operated by Pafford EMS and Air Methods, was en route from Pine Bluff, Ark., to DeWitt, Ark., when the crash occurred.

Spruiell joined the NMMC family in 1992 as a paramedic and later transferred to CareFlight as a flight paramedic. He earned an associate degree in nursing and transitioned into the role of flight nurse in 2000. He was promoted to chief flight nurse in 2015.

Spruiell acquired many professional accreditations and graciously shared his knowledge and passion with others. He was recognized as an icon in the emergency medical services community, but also as a renowned teacher. His passion was to ensure that anyone in emergency medicine was trained to the best of his or her ability to give the care needed.

The memorial service is open to the public.

Friends and colleagues have established the Jim Spruiell Memorial Scholarship in his memory. Checks may be made payable to: Health Care Foundation and mailed to Health Care Foundation of North Mississippi, 830 S. Gloster St., Tupelo, MS 38801. For more information or online giving, please visit

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