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Los Angeles Dodger’s son Steve Sacks was killed among 5 Marines

Los Angeles Dodger's son Steve Sacks was killed among 5 Marines

Los Angeles Dodger’s son

Los Angeles Dodger's son Steve Sacks was killed among 5 Marines
Los Angeles Dodger’s son Steve Sacks was killed among 5 Marines

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Former Los Angeles Dodgers player Steve Sachs released a statement saying that his 33-year-old son who had always dreamed of being a pilot was among five US Marines killed during a training flight crash earlier this week in the California desert.

Captain John J. Sachs was among the crew of an Osprey tiltrotor that went down during training in a remote area of ​​Imperial County, about 115 miles (185 km) east of San Diego and about 50 miles (80 km) from Yuma, Arizona.

“It is announced with utter devastation that my dear son, Johnny, was one of five United States Marines who died on Wednesday, June 8, in the Osprey Military Crash near San Diego” . – TV.

“For those of you who have known Johnny, I have seen his huge smile, his bright light, his love for his family, the Marines, and the joy of flying and defending our country! He was my hero and the best man I know, there has never been a better person to defend our country.”

The former Dodger said his son had wanted to be a pilot since he was little and would talk about the kinds of planes that were flying overhead while playing on the mini baseball field.

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“There was never any doubt from a young age that Johnny would be a pilot and his passion was flying!” The statement said. “This loss will change my life forever and it is a loss not only to the Marines but to this world!”

Steve Sacks played in the major leagues from 1981 to 1994, winning two world championships during his seven years as a second baseman with the Dodgers.

Fans, Major League Baseball and the team offered condolences on social media.

“The Los Angeles Dodgers are saddened to hear of the death of Steve Sachs’ son John and five Marines who lost their lives in a tragic helicopter accident this week. Our thoughts and condolences are with their families and friends,” the Dodgers said in a tweet Saturday.

Dodgers spokesman Steve Brenner said John J. Sachs is survived by his wife, Amber, who is pregnant with their second child, and their 20-month-old daughter.

Sacks, of Placer, California, was one of two pilots killed in the accident, along with Captain Nicholas B. Lozabio, 31, of Rockingham, New Hampshire.

Three helicopter crew chiefs were also killed: Corporal. Nathan E. Carlson, 21, of Winnebago, Illinois; corporal.
Rasmusson, 21, of Johnson, Wyoming; Lance Corporal. Evan Strickland, 19, is from Valencia, New Mexico.

The Marines were stationed at Camp Pendleton and assigned to the 364th Mechanized Marine Squadron of the 39th Marine Aircraft Group, part of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and based at Marine Corps Air Base Miramar in San Diego.

The Osprey, a hybrid aircraft and helicopter, has flown in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but some have criticized it as unsafe.

It is designed to take off like a helicopter, rotate its propellers to a horizontal position and cruise like an airplane.

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