Emotions high as Jefferson County church bus crash survivors reu

Emotions high as Jefferson County church bus crash survivors reunite with those who saved their lives

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Emotions were overwhelming as the North Carolina church bus crash survivors were reunited with the men and women who helped saved their lives Wednesday. Emotions were overwhelming as the North Carolina church bus crash survivors were reunited with the men and women who helped saved their lives Wednesday.
"We're very grateful. We give God the glory for sending the right people to us at the right time," said Marvin Boyer. "We're very grateful. We give God the glory for sending the right people to us at the right time," said Marvin Boyer.
"I told them if we hadn't had the good care, I just don't know if we'd have made it home or not," said Beverly Wright. "I told them if we hadn't had the good care, I just don't know if we'd have made it home or not," said Beverly Wright.

By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Emotions were overwhelming as the North Carolina church bus crash survivors were reunited on Thursday with the men and women who helped saved their lives.

The survivors have come a long way in their recovery. Many of them spent weeks and even months in the hospital and then rehab centers.

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But now that all 12 are home, they decided to make the trip back here to Tennessee and UT Medical Center.

Sandy Boyer remembered her panic on that day last October and the question she kept asking.

"Where's my husband? Nobody knew," said Sandy Boyer.
 
Marvin Boyer was one of the most critically injured patients. He was just released from a rehabilitation center last month.

Thursday, he met the helicopter crew that kept him alive on his flight to UT Medical Center.

"We're very grateful. We give God the glory for sending the right people to us at the right time," said Marvin Boyer.

The Lifestar crew was grateful for this moment, too.

"He looks wonderful. We wouldn't have recognized him. It makes you feel like what you do really makes a difference," said Andy Donaldson, a flight nurse.

But not everyone survived that day. Six church members died, including John Wright, Beverly Wright's husband. Still she wanted to make this trip back to Tennessee.

"I told them if we hadn't had the good care, I just don't know if we'd have made it home or not," said Beverly Wright.

Trauma nurse Barbara Gentry was touched so many of her patients came back to say thank you.

"We hardly ever get to see the end result. We hardly ever get to see somebody walk out, to be able to talk and function. This is amazing," said Gentry.
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