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Local law enforcement, fire departments salute fallen National Guard soldiers

Two of the three soldiers with the U.S. Army National Guard, who were killed on January 20 when the helicopter they were flying in crashed in a field in Mendon, were escorted on the NYS Thruway to Fort Drum on Tuesday morning.



Several members of law enforcement gathered on the Thruway overpass bridges in their area to salute the fallen soldiers.

In Seneca County, the Seneca Falls Police Department was joined near exit 41 by fire departments from Seneca Falls, Waterloo, Border City, Fayette, Clyde, Junius, Varick & Romulus.

Chief Warrant Officer Steven Skoda, Chief Warrant Officer Christian Koch, and Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Prial were lost in the crash on January 20 when the UH-60 medical evacuation helicopter they were flying in crashed during a training exercise for night vision goggle proficiency training.

Watch the report from WHAM13’s noon news cast