CLAY COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT/WKYT) One year after a Clay County helicopter crash killed the three men on board, their communities are still honoring their memories.
Pilot Eddy Sizemore, paramedic Herman "Lee" Dobbs, and flight nurse Jesse Jones all died in the crash on June 6, 2013 in Manchester.
Riders and drivers gathered at the Middlesboro Bell County Airport Saturday morning to begin their journey in memory of the men.
The caravans first stop was to Jesse Jones's home in Laurel County.
His fiance and 3-year-old son led the riders out.
"That's what he always wanted," said is fiance, Brittany Partin, about her son Tyson, "He was so proud of him because he was so much like him. And I can imagine what it would be like now."
Their next stop was near Eddy Sizemore's home, the pilot of the helicopter.
"He was a very helpful person," said Sizemore's friend, Jimmy Bargo, "Friendly, outgoing, just top of the line in my book."
Who says his absence is still felt.
"It's not going to matter if it's one year or ten years," said Bargo, "You're going to remember him."
Riders then went on to Lee Dobbs's home, a man they say was both helpful and full of life.
"He was a cracker jack. He was full of jokes," said his friend Ashley Hobbs, "He never had a dull moment. It was always something to laugh at."
Strangers, friends, and family riding together for one purpose... to remember men that they call heroes.
Riders say their last stop will be at that crash site in Manchester.