Online tribute to crew of CG-6017

On behalf of the Coast Guard family, we at Coast Guard Compass want to thank all of you for the outpouring of support and prayers following the tragic loss of three Coast Guardsmen when CG 6017 crashed off the coast of Washington yesterday morning.

Moments ago, Chief  Petty Officer Dana Warr and Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley from the 17th Coast Guard District in Alaska created a graphic to memorialize the aircraft and its crew. We invite you to click on and download the image above and join us in making this image your social media profile photo in solidarity with the Service and in tribute to the crew of CG 6017.

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  • Tommy Matheson

    Our prayers go out to the families and shipmates of CG6017.

  • Johan

    Hi There- Really just want the C.G. and the families of the Coast Guard to know how thankful we are as Merchant’s of the Sea of the risk and devotion that YOu ALLL are to U.S. THANK YOU and I am Sorry.

  • Ingrid T.

    On behalf of our charter office, Captains and crew, we wish to extend our sincerest condolences and thoughts to the friends and families of the crewmen lost in the tragic incident at LaPush yesterday. Our thoughts are with you.

    Ingrid Tenggren, owner
    Ocean Charters, Inc.
    Westport, WA

  • Linda Godwin

    My Heart and Prayers goes out to our Coast Guard Families.It hurts so much to hear the news. I pray God be with you and help you thru this very difficult time.
    Linda Godwin

  • Russ Burress,BMC,USCG (Ret.)

    I too express my sincere condolences to the families of the crew as well as their shipmates past and present. I pray for the speedy recovery of th surviving crewman. God Bless and Semper Paratus!

  • Dorwin Doug Douglass

    Clear skys and fair winds shipmates….Semper Paratus… D Douglass PH2 3rd District HH52 crew 1964-68

  • mike and Sandy Hulser

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the Crew as well as the Coast Guard Family.

  • Terry Collette, USCG Veteran

    Prayers and condolences to the families of the crew members of CG6017.

  • Arun Das

    Rest in peace, LT Sean Krueger, AMT1 Adam Hoke, and AMT2 Brett Banks. May
    you recover swiftly, LT Lance Leone. Thank you for your service. My condolences to your families.

    Arun Das
    U.S.C.G. Auxiliary
    D1SR
    New York City

  • Nan Koehler

    Heartfelt sympathy goes out to the Coast Guard, the crewmen who perished serving the rest of us, their families and friends and the surviving crewman. Let us never take their service for granted.

  • Steve Raughley, USCG Veteran

    My prayers and condolences to the families and Shipmates of CG6017.

  • Don Ladd

    My wife Brenda and I send our sincere condolences to the families and shipmates of CG6017. May they always have fair winds and a following sea.

    Don Ladd,USCGAUX
    D1 NR
    Scituate, MA

  • Macie Robertson, USCG Mom

    My condolences to the families of those lost. LT Leone I wish you a full & speedy recovery.

    Fair winds and following seas Coasties.

  • SSgt Holman

    Our Heart and Prayers goes out to our Coast Guard Families.

    God Bless and Semper Paratus!

    The Holman Family

  • LT John McTamney

    I knew Sean as a Cadre at the Academy and as a friend in the fleet. He was a truly amazing guy. Rest in peace, shipmate.

  • Anthony Gonzalez

    My prayers go out to the family and friends of the crew. God Bless you all.

  • Peter H. Jensen, Sergeant Major Retired, US Army

    A tragic loss to the United States Coast Guard, Alaska, and our Nation. Rest in Peace.

  • Floyilla 1-02 CGAUX

    Our condolences and prayers to their family

  • Luis Ayala

    Any loss of life affects the entire CG community. My prayers to the families, may God give you peace during your loss.

    Semper Paratus.

  • Dale Cotch

    My thoughts and prayers to the families of those lost (and to our entire CG family). LT Leone – I wish you well as you recover. Having been stationed at AIRSTA Sitka, I know all of Sitka & SE Alaska is grief-stricken over this tragedy. God Bless you all.

    Dale Cotch, USCG(ret)

  • “SEADOGS” Juneau

    God Bless You All – It’s an honor and a privilege to fly with you.
    SEADOGS Search and Rescue Team
    Juneau

  • Steve Lewis

    Sean, Adam, Brett – We’re going to miss you guys. God speed to your family, friends and the great communities that you all shared with us all.

    Steve Lewis
    DMRG & AK-ARNG

  • Bonnie

    Please accept my deepest and heartfelt condolences. The loss of these sacred lives will be felt by many. God bless their souls and help the love ones as they face this major ordeal.

    Mom of an American Hero-101st Airborne

  • http://www.CoastGuardFamily.org Coast Guard Family Organization, Inc.

    From all of us at Coast Guard Family Organization (CGFO) our hearts and condolences go out to the Krueger, Hoke, and Banks families. We keep in our thoughts Lt Leone and pray for his full recovery.

    If CGFO can assist the families in any way, we welcome them to reach out to us.

    Very respectfully,
    The Board of CGFO

  • Nancy Izett

    Heartfelt prayers to the families of the crew of CG6017. May God hold you close in this time of loss.

  • Coast Guard Family Organization, Inc.

    All our prayers and full salutes to those who served with ultimate sacrifice. May peace surruond their families and friends.
    Steve Gall

  • Chris Riley

    Thoughts and prayers to the families of all involved. Godspeed to those that were lost. Speedy recovery to LT Leone.

    Chris Riley, USCG Veteran

  • Alicia M.

    Fair winds and following seas, Coasties. You will be missed. My condolences to all the families and to LT Leone. I hope for a swift recovery in body and soul.

    Semper Paratus

  • Deanna Torres BM1

    It seems all too soon for us to be going through this again! For most of us the pain hasn’t subsided from the lost of the crew from Airstation Sacramento. My prayers and thoughts are with the familes of these fallen shipmates. Clear skies and following winds.

  • Lynn Bartlett

    My thoughts and prayers are with our Coast Guard family.

  • Lacey Bartlett

    May the knowledge of our prayers bring the families comfort during their great time of need. God Bless our military and those we have lost.

  • CWO4 Dan and Lisa Brown

    Godspeed to the Fallen Heroes and lone survivor of CG 6017. You will not be forgotten….ever! Always in our hearts.

  • SA Peterson

    My heart goes out to all the Coasties and their families. People take them for granted and forget how dangerous their job really is.

  • Ike Lorentz

    My condolences and prayers to the family and all involved.

    Ike Lorentz, Alaska State Trooper (ret)

  • Tom Echols

    A salute for their service to the nation. Hope the families are well taken care of.

  • S. Hardy, USCG Vet.

    Requiem aeternam dona eis Domine; et lux perpetua luceat eis.
    Semper Paratus

  • Peg Croteau AVI3 USCG (ret)

    It is truly a sad time. May God Bless and be with all CG aviation (past and present), Air Station Sitka’s command, crew and families at this time. Rest in Peace brothers, Rest in Peace. Semper Paratus

  • Bob Goetz

    I cannot help but wonder if I had the privilege of participating in a local SAR with any of these USCG aircrew members. Unfortunately we rarely know the names of those we get to work with. My prayers will be with the families, friends, and fellow “coasties” of these dedicated servants.

    Bob Goetz
    Emergency Services Officer
    Civil Air Patrol, Juneau, AK

  • The deBettencourt Family

    Our prayers and love are with our fellow Coast Guard comrades and the family and friends of these fallen heroes who served their country in honor.

  • Donnie Brzuska

    CG-6017,
    Your sacrafice will never be forgotten. May God watch over your family and friends during this difficult time.

    Respectfully,
    Donnie Brzuska,
    Chief Petty Officer

  • Matthew & Carolyn Thompson

    Our thougths, prayers and blessings go out to the crew of CG-6017, especially the Krueger family and the rest of the Coast Guard family. God bless you all & Semper Paratus
    Always in our hearts
    The Thompson Family

  • Scott and Judy Friend

    Our hearts are broken and our tears just come… Family, friends, and Coast Guard members of the Sitka Air Station ~ we lift you up in our prayers. Praying that you will feel God’s peace during this time.

  • Scott F. Penn

    MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THE FAMILIES OF CG 6017 AND THE EXTENDED FAMILY OF CGAIRSTA SITKA…..
    BM2 SCOTT F. PENN USCG RET

  • Monty Montanez

    As a former Marine and on behalf of all US Marines I pray and send blessings to the crew of CG-6017, and God bless their relatives.

  • AMT2 Paul Johnson

    My heart is broken again to learn of yet another tragedy. May we band together, Active Duty, Reserve, Retired, Veteran and Auxiliary to live Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty as those before us have thought us with there life, love and preservation of the values and traditions fitting a United States Coast Guard, Guardian.

    rest. we have the watch.
    AMT2 Paul Johnson (C-130)
    USCG Airsta Barbers Point, HI

  • Ron Beagles, STC – retired

    God Bless you Coasties – may the good Lord and angels who watch over all our air and sea going brothers & sisters lift up their families in this time of loss and comfort them as they seek to pick up their heads. They are all loved and thought of

  • Orpheum Theatre Kodiak

    Are prayers are with the Family and Friends.

    Rusty and Geri

  • Ed Vitorino

    To the families of my shipmates, MY PRAYERS TONIGHT WILL BE FOR YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES. I am on the CGC MIDGETT and today we set up a security perimeter during the salvage of the helicopter just outside of Le Push, Wa. I am part of the crew of this ship and once we left Seattle (Wednesday) Full Turbine Throttle we were told the news. I wish everyone could of seen the faces of these Midgett Sailors. Their hearts dropped before my eyes when it was piped on the 1MC. Rest assured that each and every crewman onboard offers their condolences to you. Thank you and God Bless our shipmates and this country that we keep free everyday.

  • Dayton Fedak, USCG Veteran

    My sincerest condolences go out to the families whose lives are forever altered by this event. May Lt Leone recover quickly and continue his honorable service to our country. Fair Winds and Following Seas.

    Dayton Fedak

  • Karl Bausler

    On behalf of Juneau Mountain Rescue the loss of Adam, Brett and Sean will be deeply felt by the Southeast Alaska rescue community and never forgotten. May our thoughts and prayers bring comfort during this time of sorrow.

  • Jack & Shari Doyle

    God bless the Coast Guard professionals everywhere. They put their lives on the line every day to help their fellow man….our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Jack & Shari Doyle
    Boquete, Panama

  • Bill Richards

    We are truly a Coast Gaurd family. When one of us suffer a loss, we are all affected. My prayers go out to all who have suffered from this loss today.

  • Betty

    All of our fallen were angels here on earth and now they have gone on to look after their loved ones from above.THe world was blessed to have them here and their impact will not soon be forgotten.My heartfelt sympathy for all who loved them and my deepest gratitude for their service and for the service of all of you who protect this great country, you are all ANGELS ON EARTH.

  • Mark Barber

    It was a pleasure knowing you, Sean, you and your colleagues have made a real positive impact on the lives of so many in more parts of the world than you could ever have realised. Rest In Peace.

  • Lois Ward

    I am so very sorry for the loss the Coast Guard has sustained – it is a loss to us all. As Alaskans, we witness the extraordinary benefit this branch of the service provides to us every day. As Americans, we see the Coast Guard put their lives on the line again and again. Hurricane Katrina was a testimonial to the valor of the Coast Guard personnel. When my daughter fell and almost died, it was the Coast Guard who saved her. They went above and beyond as they cut trees to clear the path for the basket the helicopter lowered to remove her from the mountain. Now, as her son is talking about joining the service, it is the Coast Guard that we recommend to him. Again, I am so very sorry for this loss.

  • Joe Young

    It doesn’t matter if your Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, or Coast Guard. You are all part of Americas defense force and are all included in the military family. Everytime another service member is killed, whether it be in combat, training, or just day to day duties, another little piece of my heart is ripped out of my chest. We owe them all a debt that can never be repaid. May the members of CG 6017 rest in peace, and my thier brothers and sisters be there to comfort thier families in thier time of grief.

  • Kaye Morris

    Sadden by your news. Prayers for the families and the CG unit! God Bless!

  • Ken Armstrong

    The loss is tragic and the pain is deep. All of us who have worn the shield feel a deep connection with the families, friends, and fellow Guardians whose lives have been altered by the loss of these three dedicated men.

    Dawn and I will remember them in our prayers. May we never forget the challenges, risks, and sacrifices faced by those who wear the Coast Guard uniform, and by those who love them.

  • CWO4 Keith Denman

    God Bless these men, their families and our beloved CG.

    Keith Denman
    NORAD-USNORTHCOM

  • Love from NH

    God Bless you fallen heroes and your families! Kyla, NH sends their love, prayers and support! Know that these men will be in our hearts and prayers forever as will you, the families! Deepest sympathy and respect to our Coast Guard Men, Women and families!

  • Marisol Diou

    Our Guardians, both in life and in death, will never be forgotten. With each of our fallen Coast Guard Family, a little piece of my heart is taken and will always be with you up in heaven. Each night I was say a prayer for your families, and be forever thankful for your bravery and sascrifice.

  • Marisol Diou

    Our Guardians in life and in death, you and your family will be forever in our hearts. With each fallen Coast Guard, a little piece of my heart is taken out, and fallows you to heaven. Know that Coast Guard families across the world (including mine) will say a prayer for your loved ones that are left on earth. For the family members, know that each day and each night, your loved ones are looking down on you, showering you with endless love and strength.

  • Andres Montoya

    My prayers go out to all the families who suffered a loss in this tragic accident; and my unconditional support will always be there for one of my best friends and his family while he recovers miracously from this terrible accident.

  • Vielka Platner

    My prayers are with you and your family Kayla, God bless you and give some peace in this hard times so sorry.

  • Raymond Culbreth

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and the entire community that have suffered this tragic loss. God Bless.

  • Laura Whitebean

    My prayers and thoughts are with all those effected. Thank you all for the sacrifices made..God Bless you all!

  • Matt Brown

    Service to your country is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon someone. All of these indivduals are HEROs to their country and gave their lives so that others can have a better life. My deepest condolences to the families who have suffered such a loss.

  • Julia O’Neil-King

    On behalf of the TSA/DHS Compliance Team in Southeast Alaska, we thank our Coast Guard partners for their service and honor the memory of CG6017. Our prayers go to their families and all who have suffered from this loss. May these Coast Guardsmen rest in peace.

  • Andy Montero

    Our prayers are with all of the USCG members and families! May God continue to watch over you all and your families. I thank each and everyone of you for your sacrifices.

  • Kris Jongkindt

    My heartfelt prayers are with you and your families as you deal with
    this tragedy. Your service to our country is truly appreciated.
    Thank you for your dedication and service. I will continue to pray
    for your needs as you recover.

  • Sallie Cwik

    Our son is in the Coast Guard – our sympathy is with you in your grief.

    God bless you all.

  • Dan Onisko

    My prayers for those we have lost, And all their family / the service. The fallen who were our fellow “GUARDIANS OF THE SEA” are now our “GUARDIAN ANGELS” in Heaven. No words can replace the lost we all feel, but knowing that they are looking after us all from above, does lend some comfort. God Blessings be with the Familes. You are in our thoughts and prayers forever !

  • donnalene mcpartlin

    I am from Great Falls Mt. My prayers are with those that lost a loved one. I was saddened to hear of their deaths. My son is in the USCG and he let me know one of the aircrew was from Great Falls, MT. I will keep the families in my prayers and pray for a speedy recovery for the aircrew member that survived. He will need alot of support to get through this tough time.Thank you all for your service.

  • Shannon Udland

    So sorry about this loss to the families and the CG Family. I cannot imagine your loss.

  • stuart hall

    as a member of a marine rescue unit in australia it is always sad to hear off our counterparts being hurt or killed in the line off duty my prayers and thoughts are with the family, friends and work mates of the fallen May the wind never leave ur sails and the seas be fair

  • Norman Meyer

    From your fellow Gardacostas across the globe we offer our prayers and thoughts to all who go out into danger to save others.
    Accidents are a harsh reminder that our calling is not without danger and that sometimes, some of us will pay the ultimate price.
    Let it not be in vain.

    “HACEMOS LO POSIBLE, INTENTAMOS LO IMPOSIBLE Y NOS ENTRENAMOS PARA HACER MILAGROS”
    We do all that is possible, try the impossible and are honing our skills to perform miracles.
    That rescue spirit is what connects us all together.

    Take care, God speed.

  • Rob Davis CCGA 3136

    As a member of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary I too am saddened by the loss of the crew of CG6017. My heartfelt condolences go out to the families, friends, fellow USCG members at Air Station Sitka.

  • Phillip Gamble

    Sean was a brilliant man, a true friend and excellent flyer. I flew countless times with Sean as my P1, it was my honour and privilege to both know and to serve with him. My family and I send out our thoughts and prayers for Kyla and the kids.

  • Craig Tisdale

    Our prayers go out to the families and friends of the crew. Though the mission for the crew CG 6017 has ended, their spirit will always be with us.

    Semper Paratus.

    These things we do that others may live. May the crew of 6017 rest in peace.

  • Rita L Baker

    My thoughts and prayers are with the families. My son and daughter-in-law were members of the USGC assigned to the Cowslip stationed in Tongue Point, Oregon – they were both killed while in active duty.
    The Coast Guard was a blessing to me through out the whole ordeal.

    The Coast Guard is truly an outstanding part of our military.

    I also had a son who was in the Marines and stationed in Kuwait at the time of my youngest sons death.

    GOD BLESS ALL OUR SERVICEMEN!!

  • Debbi McCracken

    Our son spent 8 years in the CG and worked with one of the fallen Coasties. Our prayers are with these men and their families. From my husband’s 22 years in the Air Force, I know how our military members put their lives on the line in the course of their daily work. God bless our service people all over the world.

  • powers family

    our hearts and our prayers go out to the crew members, and their family and friends, of cc 6017. may family and friends find inner peace in knowing these men were dedicated to serving the people of this great country. our son is a rescue swimmer at air station sitka and has flown many, many training and SAR flights. i cannot express the fear and worry our family went thru till we heard from him late that evening. being in the eastern time zone did not help. may god be with the crew of cc6017 and all servicemen.

  • Todd

    Rest in peace, Adam. I served with you in 1994 on the cutter Acushnet, based then out of Eureka, CA. You were hard-working, responsible, modest and always reliable as a shipmate. My deep condolences to friends and family.

  • Julie

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you
    You do not go unappreciated

    I care very much and am so so sorry.

  • AMT

    My sincere condolences to the family and friends of the brave crew members of CG6017 who lost their lives in the line of duty. As the parent of 2 who currently serve, it is heart breaking on many levels. The brave, committed, members of the USCG have been working with outdated, and subpar aircraft, watercraft and other equipment for years. In remembrance of and with respect for all those in the USCG who have lost their lives, it’s our duty as Americans, to impress upon our government the importance of providing and maintaining the necessary funds and equipment for our men and women to do their jobs providing the important service of Homeland Security.

  • Susan Petto, Mom of of Guardian

    All give some….. Some give all. God Bless to all

  • Robin Bonk

    My thoughts and prayers are with all who serve. When we lose someone who is in the service of others it is heartbreaking to all. Family and friends of CG6017 your pain is our pain. Be strong and God Bless.

  • Rodney Hinson

    Real heroes don’t wear sports uniforms…

    I stood in the secure area of the Sitka Airport on Friday evening and watched a family as their husband and father waved to them through the window. There were kisses thrown and caught as well as the normal waving. Then the youngest daughter, who appeared to be 7 years old, saluted her dad. Then I realized he was wearing a Coast Guard hat and went over to him. I told him we were praying for them after the crash of their helicopter. With a look that I will never forget, he advised me the boxes he had on a cart, contained the uniforms of the three that had lost their lives and that he was going to be escorting the bodies back to their home base in Sitka. I thanked him for their dedication and told him they had flown my wife’s mom out of Haines, Alaska one night in January 2009 during a terrible blizzard. He looked up and said he remembered that night because the weather was so bad.

    We need to take the time to thanks the real heroes of the Southeast. These men and women risk their lives every time they go out and like last week, sometimes they don’t make it home to their families. These are our true heroes and we should all be thankful they are here for us every time we need them. May God bless them all for what they do for us.

  • Darren Stanford

    My prayers are with the familys and the brave crew of CG6017. May they Rest In Peace

    and thanks to all the brave men and women of the United States Coast Guard

  • Steven Williams

    After spending 20 years in the Coast Guard and losing friends along the way it never gets any easier saying goodbye to those who fallen. I give my sympathies to the family, friends, and co-workers, and my prayers to those that gave their lives. May god hold them close, and give them peace. God bless all those willing to give the ultimate sacrifice. Thank you all for what you do each and every day.

  • Sherrie Tinsley Myers

    On behalf of NOAA Office of Law Enforcement’s Alaska Division, we offer our deepest condolescences to the families and friends of the US Coast Guard crew. The crew’s sacrifice, and that of their families’, is representative of the commitment and dedication the US Coast Guard demonstrates on a daily basis as they perform their varied security, safety, and enforcement missions.

  • Jeff

    Lord, guard and guide the men who fly
    Through the great spaces of the sky.
    Be with the travelers in the air,
    In darkening storms or sunlight fair;
    Oh, hear us when we lift our prayer,
    For those in peril in the air!

  • USCGAUX D8CR, Division 5 Flotilla 55

    We are saddened by the loss of LT Krueger, AMT1 Hoke and AMT2 Banks. Our prayers and condolences go out to the families of these fallen heroes, to the Coast Guard, and to Air Station Sitka. Our prayers and thoughts are also with LT Leone and his family. We wish him a speedy recovery. We are grateful to the men and women of the United States Coast Guard for their sacrifices they make for their country! You are true heroes!

    Semper Paratus,

    Flotilla 55

  • OS3 Michael Day

    Sean, My family has your family in its prays, My older Brother jeff was in your class in highschool at Massabesic we are all deeply saddened by the loss of a hometown hero. Also to the other families you our forever in our prays.

  • Matthew Shaw CGA

    The families will be always in my thougts and prayers and the crew’s sprits will always be watching over us. Thank you to all my flew coast guardmen for all you guys do.

  • Tom and Joyce Krueger

    Our heartfelt prayers are with the families and friends of USCG 6017.
    May God’s peace and His love comfort you now and always. You will
    always have a special place in our hearts and our forever hero
    list! Thank you for your brave service to your Country and to our
    awesome God! May God bless you and may God bless the U.S.A.
    Numbers 6:24-27 to all. Let’s please remember that our prayers make a
    difference for our families, our friends, and our Nation!
    Sincerely,
    Tom and Joyce Krueger, Minnesota

  • HUGH THOMPSON

    I was their on the ground,I toned our fire department out, I was with the LT that made it, I’ll never forget the look in his eye’s. And helping with control on the ground. It was hard to see the men that lost their life, we did what we could. Prayers go out to the familys and to all the ones who helped.
    Safty Officer and Acting Captin
    Hugh J Thompson JR
    Three rivers FD

  • Bob Thomas 62-67

    My prayers go out to the family’s and friends. I’m still a coastie at heart. I lost 6 of my friends in 67 on an HU-16 out of St. Pete.

    Bob Thomas Ex AE2
    Mass.

  • Ken Leonard

    Semper Paratus — Always ready, always at risk. Gratitude, as always, to all Coasties and a prayer for the families and mates of the crew of 6017. from an old Navy swabbie

  • Skip Cook MCPO ret

    My heart is broken for the families and for the USCG. I miss being part of the CG family and how we always pulled together during these hard times. My prayers to each family member and each crewmember of CGAS Sitka. I will always be a coastie at heart and will remember the sacrifices made by these great crews until my own home going.

  • Gary Donato, LT USN retired

    One must and should mourn the loss of a fellow seaman. In this case, the loss is especially personal as Sean was one of my first students when I arrived as an adjunct professor of government at CGA. Sean, you will be remembered fondly, I salute you sir as you cross the brow of life.

  • MEGAN, YN3 PSSU SEATTLE

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of our fallen shipmates. Keep your head up and remember all the wonderful times spent with your loved ones. They will always be looking out for you from above.

  • Alex Smith

    I was deeply saddened to hear the news of this crash. I had served with Lt. Sean Krueger aboard USCGC Bittersweet in 95, at the time he was a SA. We always new he was destined for “higher” things, but never dreamed he would be airborne….

    I reconnected with Sean through Facebook, where we would send eachother messages once in awhile. I went to send him a message about a month ago, because we hadn’t touched base in quite some time. It turns out, we last “spoke” a week before his bird went down. I found out through going thru his FB posts.

    **Rest In Peace Brother**

    Smitty