HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Family, friends and colleagues are remembering two Pennsylvania National Guard pilots killed in a helicopter crash in eastern Afghanistan.
Guard officials say 26-year-old Chief Warrant Officer Jarett Yoder of Mohnton and 34-year-old Chief Warrant Officer Matthew Ruffner of Harrisburg were killed when their helicopter crashed during a reconnaissance mission.READ MORE: Triple Shooting In Philadelphia Leaves Man Dead, 2 Women Coming Out Of Church Injured, Police Say
Ruffner’s girlfriend, Jackeline Bignardi, says he wanted to go to Afghanistan to help people and that he wouldn’t have felt complete if he didn’t go. Capt. Lou Fabrizi calls him “one of the best.”READ MORE: Four Children Among Five Killed In Pottstown Home Explosion, Police Say
Yoder’s wife, Heather Garay-Yoder, calls her husband “my American hero.” She says he always dreamed of being an Apache pilot and died doing what he loved and dreamed of doing.MORE NEWS: Beach Erosion Will Keep One-Third Of North Wildwood Beaches Closed Memorial Day Weekend
Both men were members of a Guard unit based in Fort Indiantown Gap in central Pennsylvania.
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