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Former Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Steve Sax’s son was among the many 5 individuals killed throughout a navy plane crash on Wednesday.
Capt. John J. Sax, the son of Steve Sax, was one of many crew members of the Osprey tiltrotor plane that crashed in Imperial County, California.
Steve Sax advised CBS Los Angeles that his son was on board the plane.
“It’s with full devastation that I announce that my valuable son, Johnny was one of many 5 US Marines that perished on Wednesday, June 8, within the Osprey Army crash close to San Diego,” Sax stated.
“For these of you that knew Johnny, you noticed his big smile, brilliant gentle, his love for his household, the Marines, the enjoyment of flying airplanes and defending our nation! He was my hero and the very best man I do know, there was no higher particular person to defend our nation,” he added.
Steve Sax stated that his son needed to be a pilot since he was a child and talked concerning the completely different planes flying within the sky when taking part in Little Leauge baseball.
“There was by no means any doubt from a younger age that Johnny could be a pilot and his ardour was to fly!” Sax stated within the assertion. “This loss will change my life perpetually and is a loss to not solely the Marines however this world!”
The Los Angeles Dodgers tweeted that the baseball group is saddened to listen to about Sax’s loss.
“The Los Angeles Dodgers are saddened to listen to concerning the passing of Steve Sax’s son, John, and the 5 Marines who misplaced their lives on this week’s tragic helicopter accident. Our ideas and condolences exit to their households and mates,” the assertion reads.
Capt. John J. Sax was among the many 5 individuals who died, which embody Cpl. Nathan E. Carlson, 21, of Winnebago, Illinois; Capt. Nicholas P. Losapio, 31, of Rockingham, New Hampshire; Cpl. Seth D. Rasmuson, 21, of Johnson, Wyoming; and Lance Cpl. Evan A. Strickland, 19, of Valencia.
A press release from the Marine Plane Wing Communication Technique and Operations workplace stated that Losapio and Sax had been pilots of the Marine Medium Tiltrotor (VMM) Squadron 364, Marine Plane Group (MAG) 39, third Marine Plane MAW), and the opposite people had been crew chiefs.
“It’s with heavy hearts that we mourn the lack of 5 Marines from the Purple Fox household” stated Lt. Col. John C. Miller, Commanding Officer of VMM-364, in accordance with the assertion.
“That is a particularly troublesome time for VMM-364 and it’s laborious to precise the influence that this loss has had on our squadron and its households,” Miller added. “Our main mission now could be taking good care of the members of the family of our fallen Marines and we respectfully request privateness for his or her households as they navigate this troublesome time.”
John J. Sax leaves behind his spouse, Amber, who’s at present pregnant with the couple’s second baby. He additionally leaves behind his daughter, who’s 20-months-old.
The Related Press contributed to this report.