Second guardsman laid to rest after Black Hawk crash

Second guardsman laid to rest after Black Hawk crash
George Strother served in the La. Nat'l Guard from 1988-2007, and again from 2009 until his death. He deployed to Iraq in 2004-2005, Afghanistan in 2011 and Kosovo in 2014. He also served during state deployments for Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Isaac

ALEXANDRIA, LA (WAFB) - A final tribute was held Thursday for one of the Black Hawk pilots killed in a chopper crash in Florida.

Funeral services and a burial were held for Chief Warrant Officer 4 David Strother in Alexandria.

"It is a hard day for everyone in the Guard," said Col. Patrick Bossetta. "But, I can tell you this - the passion and the love, the dedication with which Dave and Wayne and Lance and Tom approached their jobs, the passion they had for flying, the moments they cherished doing it - they even cherished the guys they flew with more."

The Louisiana Army National Guard pilot and three soldiers based out of Hammond were killed in a training accident two weeks ago in Florida.

A celebration of life ceremony will be held for Staff Sgt. Lance Bergeron in Hammond on Monday. The fourth guardsman, Staff Sgt. Thomas Florich, will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Chief Warrant Officer 4 George Griffin was laid to rest on March 23.

Seven Marines also died in the crash.

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