Parade honors victims of Clay County helicopter crash

MANCHESTER, Ky. (WYMT) - June 6, 2013 is a day many people in Clay County will never forget.

Three members of a medical helicopter team died when their chopper went down in Manchester.

But the memories of them were alive and well at a parade Thursday to kick off Clay County days.

"It feels good to let the families know we haven't forgotten them and won't forget them," Manchester Fire Chief Jason Nolan said. "The sacrifices that they've made and their families have made, there's really no way to repay them."

Pilot Eddy Sizemore, paramedic Herman "Lee" Dobbs and nurse Jesse Jones all died June 6 when their helicopter crashed while approaching their base.

"I knew them all well," Nolan said. "I worked with them several times. Excellent at their jobs...just great guys."

Many people in the parade made signs and decorated floats to honor Air Evac 109.

"Air Evac has done so much for our community in the short time they've been here," parade chairman Jamey Mills said. "Those guys gave their life to protect others and we just thought it was a fitting tribute to honor them tonight."

The National Transportation Safety Board has still not determined what caused the crash.

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