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Memorial service held for MAFFS killed in C-130

Published On: Jul 10 2012 01:55:59 PM CDT

A memorial service was held in North Carolina today for the 4 crew members killed in a crash while fighting a fire in South Dakota.


The 145th Airlift Wing, North Carolina Air National Guard, held a private memorial service on Tuesday morning for the four Airmen killed in the crash of a Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) equipped C-130.

Lt. Col. Paul K. Mikeal , Maj. Joseph M. McCormick, Maj. Ryan S. David and Senior Master Sgt. Robert S. Cannon, all from the 145th Airlift Wing in Charlotte, N.C., were killed when their C-130 crashed July 1 while battling the White Draw Fire in South Dakota. Two other crewmembers survived the crash and remain hospitalized.

The U.S. Departments of the Interior and Agriculture is honoring the four North Carolina-based MAFFS 7 crewmembers killed during wildfire fighting operations July 1 by flying flags at half-staff today at all DoI and DoA locations, including all national parks and national forests.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

In honor of their sacrifice, DoI and DoA have ordered their agencies, including the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, to fly their U.S. and department flags at half-staff.

The service was open only to the families of the fallen Airmen, unit members and invited guests.  KRDO NewsChannel 13 was granted video of the service.  Watch the embedded video for more information.


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