OKLAHOMA CITY – Bill Kinsinger’s family said the anesthesiologist was passionate about everything he did, especially when it came down to what he believed was right.
“He was one of the best anesthesiologists. He was the best dog rescuer,” Jake Kinsinger, Bill’s son, told KFOR. “Think about how good of a dad he was, then. All that would go out the window for my brother and I in a heartbeat.”
Last week, Kinsinger hopped in his plane and flew from Oklahoma City to rescue a dog in Georgetown, Texas.
“He loved his airplane, and he loved dogs,” Jake said.
However, Bill did not land in Georgetown. Officials believe he suffered from hypoxia while flying and his plane eventually ended up somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico.
After a week of searching for Bill, the Coast Guard decided to call off the search.
Despite the announcement, Jake said he has no plans of giving up.
“I’m going to go. I’m going to try to find him,” he said.
The 22-year-old Mississippi State student said his father would have done the same for him.
“I’ve been talking to a company in Maryland, and they’re helping me rent a side-scan sonar device to map the ocean floor,” Jake said.
Jake said he is raising money so he can buy or charter a boat to go to the area he believes his father’s plane went down.
He said he wants to find his dad’s body so he can bury him at his favorite place near Lake Tenkiller.
“Every single time we drove to Lake Tenkiller, he’d point at it and say ‘You better bury me there,” Jake said.
If you want to help Jake raise money, visit his GoFundMe site.