|By Carmelo Turdo|
In Part 1 of this series, we look back on Dick Horowitz's retirement as Chief Pilot for the Wings of Hope Medical Relief and Air Transport Program last November. The traditional water cannon salute was provided by a Monarch Fire Protection District crew as the Piper Navajo taxied to the Wings of Hope hangar. Horowitz and other MAT volunteer pilots provide air transportation for patients needing specialized treatment in facilities around the Midwest within 600 miles of St. Louis. The MAT program served 218 patients and flew nearly 117,000 miles in 2019.