The N.C. Air National Guard said it has received an “unbelievable” show of support for the families of Charlotte-based airmen who were killed or seriously injured while fighting fires in South Dakota last weekend.
Officials said people have offered to provide meals or gift cards, do lawn maintenance and give to memorial funds.
“We’re working hard to track all donations and calls wanting to help and assist,” Terry Henderson with the 145 Airlift Wing’s Airmen & Family Readiness Center said in a news release. “We’ve developed a ‘Resource Roster’ so that as we are informed of family needs or concerns we can respond quickly.”
The Charlotte-based crew of an Air National Guard C-130 crashed Sunday evening while dumping fire retardant on the White Draw Fire.
Killed were Lt. Col. Paul Mikeal of Mooresville, Senior Master Sgt. Robert Cannon of Charlotte, Maj. Joe McCormick of Belmont and Maj. Ryan Scott David of Boone. Sgt. Josh Marlowe, who lives near Boiling Springs, was hospitalized in Rapid City. A second survivor, as yet unidentified, was flown to the Jaycee Burn Center at North Carolina Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill.