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Crewmembers prepare for Air Evac 109 crash anniversary


June 6 will mark one year since the medical helicopter crash that killed three Air Evac members in Clay County. Fellow crewmembers are preparing to mark the somber anniversary.

Manchester Air Evac

MANCHESTER, Ky. (WKYT) - June 6 will be a tough day for the crew members at Air Evac 109.

"This is a week that is certainly tragic for us," said Brian Jackson, program director at Air Evac 109.

It will be one year since the helicopter crash that killed Eddie Sizemore, Lee Dobbs, and Jesse Jones. They has just dropped off a patient and were coming back to base when they crashed into the parking lot of Paces Creek Elementary School.

"They gave the ultimate sacrifice to help somebody that night. The community's been really understanding of that and it really helps our crews move forward," Jackson said.

Hours after the crash, people who didn't even know the crew came to the base to pay their respects. Friday night, the community will hold a candlelight vigil where the helicopter came to rest.

"There's been a huge outpouring from the community ever since the crash and it's really helped me and my crew deal with this tragedy," Jackson said.

Yesterday, the base got a permanent memorial to the crew.

"It keeps them safety-conscious and serves as a remembrance to our fallen crew members," Jackson said.

In addition to that candlelight vigil on Friday night, there will also be a motorcycle ride Saturday afternoon in honor of the three. It'll start at the Middlesboro airport at noon and end at the base around 3:00.


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