Posted at: 08/13/2013 11:56 PM
| Updated at: 08/14/2013 10:43 AM
By: Jessica Layton
JOHNSTOWN - A ceremony and reception to recognize first responders and rescue volunteers was held in Johnstown Tuesday night.
It was an extra special way to thank those who put their heart and soul into the search for the victims of the Angel Flight plane that crashed in Ephratah on May 24th.
The flight was on its way from Boston to Utica, after passenger Frank Amerosa received cancer treatment at a Boston area hospital. Witnesses say the plane broke apart in the sky over Royal Mountain Campsite, then crashed to the ground and into a pond. Frank Amerosa, his wife Evelyn, and Angel Flight Pilot John Campbell were killed. It took three weeks to recover Frank's remains.
It wasn't the outcome anyone wanted. But Assemblyman Marc Butler was touched by the coming together of the community and volunteers during that time. And so, his office along with the help of other community leaders and the Holiday Inn in Johnstown held a special dinner and ceremony for the volunteers and first responders.
The volunteers with Angel Flight Northeast were also honored for providing free flights to those in need of medical attention hours away from home.
The investigation into what caused the plane to crash is on-going.