- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) - The Sandpoint Airport in Bonner County has been given the honorary name of a lifelong aviator and inventor who passed away this summer.

The Daily Bee reports (https://bit.ly/1Vs78yV ) that county commissioners on Tuesday approved the honorary name of Dr. Forrest M. Bird Field.

A group of aviators had petitioned the county to adopt the name following Bird’s Aug. 2 death. He was 94.

Bird was a biomedical engineer known for developing some of the first reliable mass-produced mechanical ventilators for cardiopulmonary care. His devices have been credited with saving countless lives.

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Information from: Bonner County (Idaho) Daily Bee, https://www.bonnercountydailybee.com

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