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Hundreds attend visitation for helicopter pilot killed in crash

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email
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Family and friends began saying their final goodbyes to one of three men killed in a helicopter crash.

Pilot Eddy Sizemore

LONDON, Ky. (WKYT) - On this somber Monday, not even the rain could stop people from paying their respect to Eddy Sizemore.

"When heroes pass I think the community is reminded that the greatest thing we can do is serve others and make an impact in somebody else's life," said Trevor Barton, a friend to the Sizemore family.

"Very sad anytime you lose a good community member it always hurts, especially someone that you know personally," added Douglas Benge, a lawyer in Laurel County, who first met Sizemore years ago.

Sizemore was a former Chief Deputy in the Laurel County Sheriff's Office, and more recently he was the pilot of the AirEvac Helicopter that crashed in Clay County last week.

Sizemore, Lee Dobbs and Jesse Jones died in Thursday's crash. The men made up the flight crew on a medical helicopter. It crashed in an elementary school parking lot in Clay county, not far from its landing pad.

On this day everyone showed up to First Baptist Church in London to support their fallen friend.

"First responders, law enforcement, fire department personnel," listed Benge of the response, even other AirEvac crews came to pay their respect. "I would not have expected anything less for Eddy."

Although for some, this day registered on a different level.

"It's very emotional for me because Eddy Sizemore saved my life when I was choking many years ago in a restaurant," explained Carol Jackson. "I didn't know him, I knew of him and we were at a Christmas party and he came across the room when I was choking and saved my life."

While he's gone, the memory and legacy of Sizemore will carry on.

"He was my hero," stated Jackson.

Sizemore left one final lesson for those around him, and it was a common answer for many who attended the visitation.

"You just stop and think of what life is all about," summarized Jackson.

"Just how sensitive and short life can be," answered Barton.

Sizemore will be laid to rest on Tuesday at 2 p.m. in London. The funeral for Flight Nurse Jesse Jones will also be held on Tuesday, and the funeral for Flight Paramedic Herman "Lee" Dobbs will be on Thursday.


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