EDGEMONT, S.D. (AP) - 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 Lt. Gov. Matt Michels also attended and spoke, expressing gratitude for the sacrifice of the airmen.