Flags lowered to half-staff in honor of soldiers killed in military helicopter crash

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MENDON, N.Y. (WIVB)– New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ordering flags on all state buildings be lowered to half-staff on Thursday in honor of the three NY Army National Guard soldiers killed in a military helicopter crash Wednesday evening.

Cuomo extended his condolences and prayers in a statement he released on Twitter.

Twitter account of NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo

The Governor said he’s devastated by the deaths of the three brave service members.

“I am devastated by the news tonight of a New York Army National Guard helicopter crash in the Town of Mendon that killed three of New York’s bravest during a training mission.”

“National Guard members are our citizen-soldiers who voluntarily serve and protect both here and abroad, and I extend prayers and condolences from all New Yorkers to the family, loved ones, and fellow soldiers of these honorable heroes who we will never forget.”

“I am directing that flags on all State buildings be lowered to half-staff tomorrow in honor of and in tribute to these New Yorkers who dedicated their service to nation and state.”  

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo

A police procession escorted the victims from the crash site to the Monroe County Medical Examinner’s office Thursday morning.

According to the New York Army National Guard, the medical evacuation chopper flew out of the Army Aviation Support Facility at Rochester International Airport Wednesday night. The circumstances are still being investigated.

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