July 4, 2012

Joseph McCormick

Maj. Joseph M. McCormick, age 36, of Belmont, North Carolina, died on July 1, 2012, in South Dakota.

Joseph was a member of the 156th Airlift Squadron of the National Guard based in North Carolina.

He and 5 other members of his crew were flying a C-130 firefighting tanker aircraft, fighting a wildfire in the Black Hills of southwest South Dakota. They were dropping fire retardant, when the aircraft crashed.

Joseph was killed in the crash.

Jesus, pray for Joseph McCormick
He was an instructor pilot and chief of training for the 156th Airlift Squadron.  Joseph joined the N.C. Air National Guard in 1995 as an enlisted airman. He was commissioned in April of 2003. In July of 2004, he was assigned to the 156th Airlift Squadron. The National Guard describes him as a highly decorated professional. 

Family members stated that they are proud of Joseph's service to his country, and that he died in the service of others. He is also described as a loving husband and father. 

Fellow Baptists describe Joseph as a man of gentleness, a man of strength, and a happy man. 

Joseph is survived by many loving friends and relatives, including his wife, Heather; and his 4 children, the youngest of which is only a month old. 

Pray for all who die in the performance of their duties. 

Let us pray that Joseph McCormick is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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