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Run to Remember Rescue Heroes Killed in Action
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Run to Remember Rescue Heroes Killed in Action

A memorial run set for Nellis Air Force Base will honor airmen killed during a rescue mission in Afghanistan.

The run will honor the airmen aboard “Pedro 66”  which was a rescue helicopter brought down by enemy fire June 9, 2010. The crew was heading to rescue wounded British troops when they were attacked, and the helicopter crashed. Five airmen were killed: Captain Joel Gentz, Captain David Wisniewski, Technical Sergeant Michael Flores, Staff Sergeant David Smith and Senior Airman Benjamin White. Two men survived: Captain Anthony Simone and Master Sergeant Christopher Aguilera.

“I want people to know about the incredible strength they all had when everything was going bad, when they knew that their chances of survival were little to none. They were true professionals. All the way up to impact," Master Sgt. Aguilera said.

The 58th and 66th Rescue Squadrons wanted to honor their friends on the two-year anniversary of their sacrifice. The event will benefit the That Others May Live Foundation. The foundation provides scholarships, counseling and aid to the children of rescuers who die during missions.

The run is 7 a.m. Friday, June 8 at the 58th Rescue Squadron. The cost is $35. The first 300 runners to register will get a free T-shirt. There will be three different runs, including a one-mile fun run, 6.6K and 6.6 mile run. Top finishers will get a medal. Anyone with approved access to Nellis Air Force Base can register at That Others May Live website.

 

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