Neighbors near helicopter crash site believe soldiers took one last heroic act

Neighbors near helicopter crash site believe soldiers took one last heroic act Photo: News10NBC.

Jennifer Lewke
Updated: January 25, 2021 01:24 PM
Created: January 21, 2021 12:32 PM

MENDON, N.Y. (WHEC) — As investigators continue to look into what caused a deadly helicopter crash in Mendon Wednesday, neighbors who live near the crash site are reflecting on what they call one last act of heroism.

The crash killed three National Guard soldiers as they were conducting a routine training flight. The helicopter went down in a field off of West Bloomfield Road, between Cheese Factory Road and Boughton Hill Road

Neighbors told News10NBC Investigative Reporter Jennifer Lewke it’s not uncommon to hear helicopters around the area, but on Wednesday night they heard a very low flying one, which grabbed their attention, and then they heard the crash. 

Lewke spoke with a neighbor named Brendan, who was actually a member of the guard himself and flew helicopters out of the same Rochester airport base as these soldiers. He was devastated by what happened. 

"It’s about the families, it’s about the soldiers, it’s about everyone involved in the organization," he said. "I know they’ll come together. I know they’re tight there, and they’ll support each other. I know they’ll get through it I’m sure, but it’s not gonna be easy."

While no cause has been determined, a number of the neighbors around told Lewke, they believe it was a final act of heroism that these soldiers crashed where they did because the area around the field is a populated area with a lot of homes and hills.  

The remains of the yet-to-be-identified soldiers were escorted to the county's medical examiner's office Thursday morning.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office asks anyone with leads or information concerning the crash to call them at (585) 753-4175.

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