Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas pays tribute to Kristin McLain

Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas is honoring a Star Flight nurse who died during a rescue mission over the Barton Creek Greenbelt in April.

Kristin McLain, 46, made countless trips to area hospitals but had a way with some of her youngest patients friends say.

Friends, family and members of her work family gathered on the hospital's helipad for a memorial service and plaque dedication.

"The helipad is such a beacon for us anywhere we go," said Chris Postiglione, the chief medical supervisor for Star Flight. "I think it's a physical connection to her that adds to her being present," he added.

The plaque reads "Most days you would find her flying high in the clouds on the wings of STAR Flight. Some days she'd be on the ground. Everyday though, her courage, her empathy and her profound heroism sparkled. She left a lasting impression on everyone lucky enough to cross her path."

"We would like to thank all of you for acknowledging our daughter with the helipad. She loved living and working here and I think her life reflected her love for all things in Austin. Thank you for honoring the woman we love so very much," said Betty McLain about her daughter.

"She's probably shaking her head. It was never about her but about the children she helped at the hospital," said Michael Oberley, McLain's cousin.

Those continuing her work will have a constant reminder of the friend, nurse, wife and daughter they could never forget.

"I will touch that and reflect on what she meant to me," said Postiglione.

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