Crash victims remembered during balloon release in Laurel County

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - It's been a week of funerals and goodbyes for the families and friends of three men killed in a helicopter crash.

On Friday evening, friends and family gathered again for a memorial service honoring all three men that many call heroes.

"That's what they were," said Emilee Dobbs, Lee Dobbs' wife. "They were heroes."

Air Evac pilot Eddy Sizemore, flight paramedic Lee Dobbs, and flight nurse Jesse Jones died last Thursday in the crash in Clay County.

Friday night's service was held at the hospital in Laurel County where the men had just dropped off a patient before the crash.

Some families of the victims meeting for the first time. Coming together a week after a helicopter crash took their loved ones.

"I think we'll have a bond," said Kacey Bolton, Sizemore's daughter

"I would like that," said Justin Sizemore, Sizemore's son. "I really would."

Pilot Eddy Sizemore, flight paramedic Herman "Lee" Dobbs, and flight nurse Jesse Jones were all just doing their jobs, but these people know the three put their lives on the line every day for others.

"He just did it because he loved to do it. He didn't do it for the recognition. He just did it because he loved to do it," said Emilee Dobbs.

Because these men were selfless and gave their lives their families say they are forever proud.

"He served his community and country. I might be bias but he was truly a great man," said Justin Sizemore.

So friends, family, coworkers, and the community gathered with heavy hearts and balloons. Releasing them into the air on the helipad Air Evac Flight 109 took off from, where those men were last seen alive.

"The loss of our dad is just heartbreaking, and it's so heart warming to see the community pull together and just recognize him and all his great accomplishments," said Kacey Bolton.

"I know he's looking down on us," Justin Sizemore.

Air Evac will hold a memorial service Saturday morning for the three men. It begins at 10 a.m. at the North Laurel High School Gym.

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