By Dray Clark, Jericka Duncan

TINICUM TOWNSHIP, Pa. (CBS) — Police say the pilot killed in fiery helicopter crash in Bucks County early Tuesday morning was a retired state trooper and active member of the fire department.

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Authorities say retired Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Douglas Brigham died when the chopper he was piloting for a private company crashed into a hill near Uhlerstown Hill Road and Everbreeze Drive in the Erwinna section of Tinicum Township. The crash happened at about 6:39 a.m. in a rural area near Van Sant Airport.

Brigham, 52, was pronounced dead at the scene. No injuries were reported on the ground.

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Police say Brigham was an active member of the fire department and was the Deputy Director of Emergency Management in Tinicum Twp. He retired from the force about a year-and-a-half ago.

According to Brigham’s mother’s obituary, he was the great-grandson of President Herbert Hoover, the 31st president of the United States. He leaves behind a wife of 18 years.

The FAA are Fire officials are investigating the cause of the crash.

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