Firefighters to mourn pilot killed at Yosemite

Oct 21, 2014 10:34 AM by News Staff

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters and family members plan to pay tribute to the pilot of an air tanker who crashed into a canyon wall in Yosemite National Park and died while fighting a wildfire.

Tuesday's memorial service for 52-year-old pilot Geoffrey "Craig" Hunt comes two weeks after the crash that killed him.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the ceremony with full "Line of Duty Death" honors will take place at the Church on the Hill in San Jose.

CalFire Chief Ken Pimlott says the department continues to mourn Hunt, who "made the ultimate sacrifice."

Hunt was a 13-year veteran pilot of DynCorp International, which contracts with the state.

He was the plane's sole crew member when it hit the steep canyon wall near the park's west entrance Oct. 7.

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