(WCMH) — Lori Haynes looks through comments and condolences on Facebook about her cousin Brad Haynes, one of three who died in Monday morning’s Vinton County helicopter crash.
“People are just saying you know they were gonna grab a beer together and never did and wished he had and he still owes him one,” said Haynes.
Reading them, she laughs, smiles and is grateful.
“I think it’s more comforting to see his picture and the things he loved to do,” she said.
But when thoughts turn to the 48-year-old’s compassion and a conversation they once had over the job he died doing, tears come quickly.
“There were very few people that I knew that did this kind of heroic job and I told him one time about a year ago, I told him he was my hero and he still is,” said Haynes.
The London High School graduate, who still lived in the western Ohio city of about 10,000, is survived by five children including one young son.
“That little boy is never going to know how great of a man he is,” said Haynes.
And though it is dulled by the events that led to the end of her cousin’s life on this frigid, gray January day, for Lori Haynes, there is a silver lining.
“This is the way he’d wanna go out. He loved his job and he loved his family. He was always putting pictures out of his little boy. I remember going to the baby shower and he couldn’t wait to have a little boy,” said Haynes.