3 in Army National Guard killed in helicopter crash in Mendon

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 January 2021 at 9:26 pm

Governor directs flags to be lowered in their honor on Thursday

MENDON – Three soldiers in the NY Army National Guard were killed this evening in Mendon when a helicopter crashed while on a routine training mission.

The UH-60 medical evacuation helicopter is based at the Army Aviation Support Facility at Rochester International Airport. In crashed in the Town of Mendon in Monroe County at about 6:30 p.m. The aircraft was assigned to the C Company of the 1st Battalion, 171st General Support Aviation battalion, the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs said in a statement.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued this statement:

“I am devastated by the news tonight of a New York Army National Guard helicopter crash in the Town of Mendon that killed three of New York’s bravest during a training mission.

“National Guard members are our citizen soldiers who voluntarily serve and protect both here and abroad, and I extend prayers and condolences from all New Yorkers to the family, loved ones and fellow soldiers of these honorable heroes who we will never forget.

“I am directing that flags on all State buildings be lowered to half-staff tomorrow in honor of and in tribute to these New Yorkers who dedicated their service to nation and state.”

State Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, issued this statement:

“The men and women of our armed forces risk their lives every day, and some even make the ultimate sacrifice serving our country. Whether serving overseas or at home, what they do is extremely dangerous and puts our nation’s needs before the needs of oneself. Tonight’s news of a crash involving a New York Army National Guard aircraft and the loss of three soldiers’ lives is a sober reminder of the dangers that come with service. We pray for those who have perished, and our thoughts are with the loved ones they leave behind.”

Congressman Chris Jacobs, R-Orchard Park, issued this statement:

“I am deeply saddened by the news of the National Guard helicopter crash in Mendon this evening that resulted in the loss of three lives. My prayers are with the loved ones of these service members lost. I am closely monitoring the situation as details emerge, and stand ready to provide assistance in any way I can.”