LONDON, Ky. (WYMT) - Family, friends, members of Air Evac Lifeteam, and other first responders from the region gathered in London on Saturday to pay their last respects to the three members of Air Evac Lifeteam who died in a helicopter crash in Manchester on June 6.
"Today is a day we come together as an Air Evac Family also kind of an emergency services community to honor those that we've lost," said Joe Bradshaw, the Program Director for Air Evac Lifeteam.
People spoke about the victims at the service, including some fellow Air Evac Lifeteam members, like Stuart May, a Base Pilot Supervisor.
"This is the hardest thing I've ever gone through. I love these guys. They were our friends, they were our neighbors. They were out in the community, each one of them they were just local and all they wanted to do was the right thing," said May.
Everyone came together, like a team, at the service. Just like the way Air Evac Lifeteam officials say the company operates on a daily basis. They say team members came from surrounding states to honor and say goodbye to Eddy Sizemore, Jesse Jones, and Herman "Lee" Dobbs.
"They loved this job. they got up every day and went out their rain or shine, snow or just the heat of the summer. They didn't care, they wanted to do it just to save people and just to help people," May said.
At the end of the service rescue helicopters flew over the crowd. This was a final salute to the mission Eddy Sizemore, Jesse Jones, and Herman "Lee" Dobbs died serving.