BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The remains of a National Guardsman who was killed in a helicopter crash earlier this month were flown back to his home state on Saturday.
37-year-old George Wayne Griffin Jr. was one of the pilots of the Black Hawk crash that went down last week. Griffin's casket arrived in the Hammond National Guard Airbase. His family was there to receive the casket, as his fellow soldiers saluted him.
"When you're in a military family, you're always waiting for that phone call," says military mom Linda Smith, "You're hoping it never comes, so when it does, you feel for the families because you know it could have easily been your family."
Griffin's wake will be Sunday night in Hammond. Visitation will extend through Monday, followed by a funeral. Afterwards, Griffin's body will be taken to a Lafayette cemetery for burial with full military honors.