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Christian John Hescock

Portland, Oregon

September 24, 2007

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
34 Navy Lt

HSC-25 Guam

 Died in a helicopter crash.

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October 2, 2007

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October 7, 2007

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Statement on the Death of Helicopter Crash Victim 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—September 27, 2007– Washington, D.C. –

Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo issued the following statement on the passing of Navy Lt. Christian Hescock, who was killed in a helicopter crash on Monday:

“I send sincere condolences to the family and friends of Lt. Christian Hescock and my wishes for a speedy recovery for the crewmen who survived the crash. We accept that serving in the armed forces comes with risk, but it pains us nonetheless when tragedy occurs.

“Lt. Hescock served his country honorably in Guam and for that he and the men who flew with him merit our gratitude and respect. Our community extends to our Navy friends our thoughts and prayers. We want them to know that we share their loss. God bless Lt. Hescock and all our servicemen and women around the world.” 
From Guam Pacific Daily News guampdn.com 10/28/07:

Family mourns Navy pilot
Memorial service today for man who died in helicopter crash
By Stephanie Godlewski
Pacific Daily News
smgodlewski@ guampdn.com

The pilot who died Monday when his Navy helicopter crashed into the Fena Reservoir has been identified as 34-year-old Lt. Christian Hescock, said Navy spokesman Lt. Donnell Evans.

Evans said that Hescock was piloting the helicopter when it went down. The three other crew members have all been treated and released from Naval Hospital. They are all men ranging in age from 20 to 27.

Hescock, originally from Portland, Ore., is survived by his wife, who lives on Guam. He also leaves behind his mother, father, and brother who live in Oregon, according to a family Web site memorializing him.
Hescock was a naval flight officer and had been with the Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 since October of 2005, Evans said.

Friends have posted their memories of Hescock on the family Web site noting that not only was he an exceptional sailor, but a genuine and caring human being.

"Lt. Hescock was more than just a human being. He was what we all aspire to be some day -- successful, a friend, a hero, a husband, a person with a heart so big there are no words to describe," fellow squadron member Petty Officer 2nd Class Noah M. Harnick wrote on the Web site.

Delegate Madeleine Bordallo sent words of support yesterday in a press release.

"I send sincere condolences to the family and friends of Lt. Christian Hescock and my wishes for a speedy recovery for the crewmen who survived the crash. We accept that serving in the armed forces comes with risk, but it pains us nonetheless when tragedy occurs," Bordallo stated.

"Lt. Hescock served his country honorably in Guam and for that he and the men who flew with him merit our gratitude and respect. Our community extends to our Navy friends our thoughts and prayers. We want them to know that we share their loss."

Meanwhile the wreckage of the helicopter is still in the Fena Reservoir, and Evans said the Navy continues work to remove it. Navy officials will begin their investigation into the cause of the crash after the MS-60H Knighthawk helicopter has been pulled from the Santa Rita lake.

A memorial service for Hescock is scheduled for today at Andersen Air Force Base at noon. According to the family Web site, Hescock will return to Oregon to be buried.

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