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3 killed in National Guard helicopter crash in Mendon, NY

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https://cbs12.com/news/nation-world/military-helicopter-crashes-in-mendon

ENDON, N.Y. (WHAM) — Three soldiers were killed in a U.S. Army National Guard helicopter crash in Mendon Wednesday night.

According to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office, the crash happened around 6:30 p.m. in a field area near West Bloomfield and Cheese Factory roads in Mendon, approximately 20 miles south of Rochester.

"This is a burden - a heavy, heavy burden - upon all of us," said Monroe County Sheriff Todd Baxter. "These are our freedom providers - and just showing again, freedom is not free. We lost three great Americans today."ccording to the New York Army National Guard, a UH-60 medical evacuation helicopter was on a routine training mission when it crashed. It is not yet clear what caused the crash.

Sheriff's deputies and area firefighters responded to the field in which the plane crashed.

"They went into life-saving mode trying to rescue anybody that could be on that aircraft or in that area - including grid search - with New York State Police helicopter to find anyone on that aircraft or in that area to see if there were any surviving victims," said Baxter.

The three soldiers on board were assigned to1st Battalion's C Company in the 171st General Support Aviation Battalion.

The helicopter was based at the Army Aviation Support Facility at the Greater Rochester International Airport.

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