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June 13, 2013

Memorial service for Air Evac team Friday

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — A memorial service for the three crew members of Air Evac Lifeteam 109, based in Manchester, is set for the public on Saturday.

The memorial service will be held at North Laurel High School gymnasium at 10 a.m.

Funerals for the three crew members — two of whom were from London — were concluded this week.

Former Chief Deputy for the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office, 61-year-old Eddy Sizemore, was buried on Tuesday afternoon in London with full military and  law enforcement honors.

Funeral services for 40-year-old Herman Lee Dobbs, flight paramedic, are set for Thursday morning at Hawk Creek Baptist Church in London, with visitation on Wednesday night.

Graveside services for flight nurse Jesse Jones were conducted in the Middlesboro area on Wednesday morning. Jones received full honors at his service.

As news of the helicopter crash spread throughout London late Wednesday night and Thursday morning, friends, family and acquaintances were stunned at the loss.

The three-man crew of Air Evac Lifeteam 109 were returning from London around 11 p.m. last Thursday night when the helicopter crashed in the parking lot of Paces Creek Elementary School in Manchester. The school is located just across the road from the Air Evac helipad.

The helicopter reportedly burst into flames on impact, killing all three crew members. Sizemore had extensive experience as a pilot, and served as a fight crew leader for the U.S. Army during Vietnam. He left the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office as chief deputy in February to serve as pilot for the Manchester-based Air Evac team.

The paramedic on Flight 109, Herman Lee Dobbs, had just received his “wings” and had his first flight on Wednesday, the day before the fatal crash that took his life.

Jesse Jones, flight nurse, had worked in the hospital emergency room setting prior to joining the Air Evac flight team.

njohnson@sentinel-echo.com

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North Laurel won its second straight Senior League State Championship with a 6-3 decision over Lewis County. Much of this same team also won a state title as 11-year-olds.

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