Americans Feared Dead in Afghan Helicopter Crash
Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Don C. Viray
Chris Workman was among four soldiers killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan Thursday. Workman’s parents received the devastating news from military personnel who came knocking on their door in Rupert early Friday morning, Workman’s godparents said.
“He had a heart of gold, that boy,” said Angelo Papapavlos of Pocatello, who was sitting in a barber’s chair when he got the call. “He respected us as godparents like he did his own parents. He would always keep in contact.”
Workman, 33, grew up in Rupert and lived in Boise a few years ago.
When Workman lived in Boise, he was an active member of Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church. The local Greek community was in mourning Friday
The family of recent Pekin high school graduate Dean Shaffer has been notified that he was killed Thursday night in a military helicopter crash in southwestern Afghanistan while serving in the U.S. Army, a close friend of Shaffer said Friday.
“I still wish it was somebody’s sick joke they posted on Facebook and that it would go away,” Jessica Robertson of Pekin said Friday shortly before she spoke to Shaffer’s mother.
She said the mother of Shaffer, 23, told her she was notified by the U.S. Department of Defense that Shaffer was killed in the crash.
“She heard it was a Black Hawk crash, and they’re supposed to call her tonight (with more information) when she gets home” from vacation, Robertson said.
VOA April 20, 2012
U.S. officials said Friday the four people aboard an American Black Hawk helicopter that crashed in southwestern Afghanistan were likely Americans.
Military officials say all four people are believed to have died in the crash Thursday during bad weather.
Officials say the helicopter crashed in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, a Taliban stronghold.
NATO coalition spokesman Lt. Commander James Williams told VOA it is “unlikely” that the helicopter was brought down by enemy fire, but said the cause of the crash is under investigation.