Coast Guard to conduct memorial service for Sitka-based helicopter crew at Station Quillayute River

SEATTLE – The Thirteenth Coast Guard District will conduct a memorial service on Monday, July 19, 2010, at 1 p.m., for the fallen members of the CG-6017 Jayhawk helicopter crew that crashed off the coast of La Push, Wash., on July 7, 2010.

The service will be held at U.S. Coast Guard Station Quillayute River, in La Push.

U.S. Coast Guard officials will participate, and local politicians and members of the Quileute tribe are invited to participate in the ceremony which will pay respects to the deceased crew members: Lt. Sean Kruger, Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Hoke, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Brett Banks.

On July 7, 2010, an MH-60 Jayhawk transiting from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, Ore., to U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Sitka, Alaska, crashed off the coast of La Push. Three of the four crew members did not survive the crash. The fourth crew member, Lt. Lance Leone, was recovered by Quileute tribal members and transported to a Seattle hospital where he is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

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