Pilot killed in Clay Co. helicopter crash laid to rest

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - On Tuesday, family and friends said a final farewell to the pilot of a medical helicopter.

Charred remains of the Air Evac Lifeteam air medical helicopter.

Eddy Sizemore was one of three crew members killed when the Air Evac chopper went down in Clay County last week.

The day started at First Baptist Church in London, where hundreds came out to see Sizemore's funeral service and support his family. Those in attendance included sheriff's offices, police departments, emergency responders and fellow Air Evac workers. One of the Air Evac pilots said their aviation bond ran deep.

"We did a lot of hangar flying. He had a lot of stories. Give him a cup of coffee and a table and he'll talk all day long," says Joe Bradshaw.

Those who knew Sizemore say he was knowledgeable, dependable and caring. Before he worked for Air Evac, he served as Chief Deputy at the Laurel County Sheriff's Office.

"It means a lot to me. Eddy deserved every bit of this. We took the extra step to make sure that we could show our utmost respect to him," says Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

Flight nurse Jesse Jones is also being laid to rest Tuesday. Flight paramedic Herman 'Lee' Dobbs is set for Thursday.

A joint memorial service for all three will be held on Saturday at the North Laurel High School gym.

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