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One year since N.C. airmen were killed in South Dakota wildfire

By Associated Press
Published On: Jul 01 2013 12:26:45 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 01 2013 02:25:19 PM CDT
RAPID CITY, S.D. -

A memorial ceremony honored four North Carolina airmen killed last summer when their plane crashed while fighting a wildfire in South Dakota's Black Hills.

Monday marks one year since the accident.

The ceremony Monday morning dedicated an interpretive site seven miles north of Edgemont. Four members of the six-person air crew died there when strong winds out of a thunderstorm caused the air tanker to crash into a ridge top.

Officials with the South Dakota National Guard and the Black Hills National Forest have been building a parking area and making room for interpretive signs to tell the story.

Black Hills National Forest supervisor Craig Bobzien says the memorial site will allow people to visit, pause and reflect on the airmen's selfless service.