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News Article - April 05 2006

Military Credits First Responders With Saving Lives In Monday's Plane Crash
  First responders and emergency officials train and prepare so they can assist in a time of crisis, a time when all the simulations and practice they've done become real. "You put emotions aside, let your training take over and you do it. You realize there are people who need your help," said military first responder Joseph Wysocki. And Monday morning, when the C5 Galaxy crashed at Dover Air Force Base, that training and preparation was needed. "When you train for this, you train for the worst and hope for the best. Just do your job," Wysocki said.

   Military officials say there were over 100 first responders at the crash site Monday morning. And although the cause of the crash is still under investigation, they say the fact that no one died is in and of itself a miracle. "Everyone lived. That is success for us," Dover Air Force Base firefighter Tom Krass said. Six of the 17 people aboard the plane are still being treated in the hospital, but officials say there are no life-threatening injuries. Military officials say that is thanks in large part to the combined effort of community members, emergency officials and military staff. While everyone aboard the plane is safe, a question many people are asking about the crash is the environmental impact on the surroundings. Military officials addressed that issue on Tuesday.

   Although they were unable to explain specific details about what the accident could mean to the area, they did explain the priority they place on keeping the environment safe. Another priority for Dover Air Force Base officials is learning why the plane crashed. The report is that Monday's plane crash is still under investigation. Officials are remaining tight-lipped about the investigation. Monday, this cargo plane split apart after an emergency landing just after takeoff. Military crews spent Tuesday gathering evidence and taking pictures of the scene. That information will be given to an investigation panel. From there, they hope to determine what happened and why.
Crew Members names released:
Rank and Name, Unit, Condition, Hospital
Capt. Brian Lafreda, 326th Airlift Squadron, Fair, Christiana
Lt. Col. Robert Moorman, 326th Airlift Squadron,, Fair, Christiana
Lt. Col. Harland Nelson, 326th Airlift Squadron, Fair, Kent General
Master Sgt. Timothy Feiring, 709th Airlift Squadron, Released
Master Sgt. Michael Benford, 709th Airlift Squadron, Released
Tech. Sgt. Vincent Dvorak, 709th Airlift Squadron, Fair, Christiana
Master Sgt. Brenda Kremer, 709th Airlift Squadron, Released
Chief Master Sgt. David Burke, 326th Airlift Squadron, Released
Chief Master Sgt. George Mosley, 709th Airlift Squadron, Released
Tech. Sgt. Henry Fortney, 326th Airlift Squadron, Released
Senior Airman Scott Schaffner, 89th Airlift Squadron, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH), Released
Tammy Lucas, Lockheed Martin employee, Fair, Kent General
Staff Sgt. David Abrams, 436th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Released
Senior Airman Nicholas Vather, 436th AMXS, Fair, Kent General
Chief Petty Officer (USN, retired) Paul Kath, Released
Hannelore Kath, Released
Tech. Sgt. (USAF, retired) Raul Salamanca, Released

Source - WMDT

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