Family of Helicopter Accident Victim Offers Forgiveness 8/19/13
CBS 7 News
August 19, 2013
Several weeks ago, two young men were killed after falling nearly 200 feet from a helicopter while working on power lines.
Now the family of one of those men is offering forgiveness to the pilot.
"Chris didn't ever take himself too seriously," says mother Carol Breed.
Breed says ever since Chris starred in his first grade talent show, jokes were his thing.
His talents and life were showcased during his memorial service last week.
Those who spoke at the service say he loved people, liked attention, and was always curious and outgoing.
"From the time he graduated line-man school, he really wanted to do helicopter line work so it really was his dream job."
A dream job that eventually led to his death.
According to the preliminary National Transportation Safety Board report, the helicopter was headed toward the power transmission towers with Chris and David Oliveira attached to a 100 foot line. The tether hit a power line, severing it, and sending both men plummeting to the ground.
Even though the job was dangerous, Chris assured his parents there were safety standards the company followed.
"We really felt an urgency to contact the pilot to get a hold of him and extend to him our forgiveness and let him know that we wanted him to find hope for a future, that this changes his life as it does ours."
"We spent about 15 to 20 minutes crying together on the phone."
The family is coping with their loss and Carol Breed says she is thankful Chris was able to do what he loved.