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Painesville native among seven killed in Egypt helicopter crash

35-year-old Employees Sgt. Kyle Robert McKee was abroad serving as a UH-60 helicopter repairer.

PAINESVILLE, Ohio — A Painesville native, serving the USA Military has been recognized as certainly one of seven folks killed in a helicopter crash in Egypt’s Sinai area. 

35-year-old Employees Sgt. Kyle Robert McKee, a 2003 graduate of Riverside Excessive Faculty, was abroad serving as a UH-60 helicopter repairer assigned to the Multinational Power and Observers mission on the time of his demise. 

“It’s with profound disappointment that we mourn this tragic lack of life,” stated Col. David S. Sentell, commander of Job Power Sinai. “Our ideas and prayers are with the households, buddies and family members of our fallen throughout this most troublesome time. They need to know that their nation will proceed to honor their sacrifice,”he continued. 

The Multinational Power and Observers stated 5 Individuals, a French and a Czech have been killed. It stated an eighth peacekeeper survived and was evacuated for medical remedy. 

The power says there isn’t a indication the crash was “something besides an accident.”

America Military confirmed the identities of the opposite Individuals Sunday: 

  • Capt. Seth Vernon Vandekamp, 31, from Katy, Texas.
  • Chief Warrant Officer three Dallas Gearld Garza, 34, from Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • Chief Warrant Officer 2 Marwan Sameh Ghabour, 27, from Marlborough, Massachusetts
  • Sgt. Jeremy Cain Sherman, 23, from Watseka, Illinois

McKee arrived in Egypt in July and in his main function acted as a peacekeeper, serving to to watch the four-decade-old Israeli-Egyptian peace settlement.

The peacekeepers are liable for monitoring troops ranges and defending free navigation within the space. 13 nations contribute troops to the power, with the U.S. offering the biggest contingent. 

McKee enlisted in 2003 and had additionally accomplished excursions in Korea, Afghanistan and Iraq. 

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