Longtime pilot of LIFE STAR helicopter retires - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Longtime pilot of LIFE STAR helicopter retires

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Richard Magner was hired in June of 1985 as the first pilot of Life Star. (WFSB file) Richard Magner was hired in June of 1985 as the first pilot of Life Star. (WFSB file)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Richard Magner retired on Thursday morning after 31 years of service with Hartford Hospital's "LIFE STAR" Medical Helicopter program.

Magner, who is known by co-workers as "Rocky 1," was hired in June of 1985 as the first pilot of Life Star.

On Thursday, Eyewitness News spoke to his co-workers, who call him a great friend and an incredible teacher.

"Some of the most intricate things about flying that we learn every day. He can just sit there and just break them down in a way that makes you understand. Why you're doing it. Why it's being done a certain way and really just about safety too,” Nick Mancini, who is a flight nurse and paramedic, said. “He made you feel safe."

Magner, of Glastonbury, said he plans to spend his retirement with his wife, children and grandchildren with lots of time now for sailing out on Long Island Sound.

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