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NC Air Guard Crew Remembered In South Dakota



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Officials have dedicated a memorial in western South Dakota honoring North Carolina National Guardsmen who died a year ago when their air tanker crashed while fighting a wildfire.

The interpretive site on a ridge top northeast of Edgemont honors six airmen - four who died and two who were injured. It was dedicated Monday on the one-year anniversary of the crash in South Dakota's Black Hills.

Killed were 42-year-old Lt. Col. Paul Mikeal, of Mooresville, N.C.; 36-year-old Maj. Joseph McCormick, of Belmont; 35-year-old Maj. Ryan David, of Boone; and 50-year-old Senior Master Sgt. Robert Cannon, of Charlotte.

More than 100 family, friends and colleagues were on hand for Monday's dedication ceremony. South Dakota LtOfficials have dedicated a memorial in western South Dakota honoring North Carolina National Guardsmen who died a year ago when their air tanker crashed while fighting a wildfire.
    
The interpretive site on a ridge top northeast of Edgemont honors six airmen - four who died and two who were injured. It was dedicated Monday on the one-year anniversary of the crash in South Dakota's Black Hills.
    
Killed were 42-year-old Lt. Col. Paul Mikeal, of Mooresville, N.C.; 36-year-old Maj. Joseph McCormick, of Belmont; 35-year-old Maj. Ryan David, of Boone; and 50-year-old Senior Master Sgt. Robert Cannon, of Charlotte.
    
More than 100 family, friends and colleagues were on hand for Monday's dedication ceremony. South Dakota Lt. Gov. Matt Michels (MY'-kuhls) also attended and spoke, expressing gratitude for the sacrifice of the airmen.
. Gov. Matt Michels (MY'-kuhls) also attended and spoke, expressing gratitude for the sacrifice of the airmen.
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