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Remembering the three National Guard members killed in helicopter crash



Rochester, New York – The community was shaken when a helicopter crashed during a training exercise in Mendon one year ago.

Three members of the National Guard were killed: Chief Warrant Officer 5 Steven Skoda, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Christian Koch, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Daniel Prial.

They shared more than 50 years of combined flight experience between the three of them. According to the Guard, the reason for the crash was a procedural error.

Within days, mourners – some who knew the men, some who were just moved by their sacrifice – erected a memorial at the site.