NEW YORK CITY – The helicopter pilot killed in Monday’s crash in New York City has been identified as a former volunteer fire chief and a “dedicated, highly professional and extremely well trained firefighter,” as well as a skilled pilot.
Tim McCormack died Monday after he made a “crash landing” on the roof of 787 Seventh Avenue in Midtown Manhattan around 2 p.m. as rain and strong winds hammered the city, the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) said,
McCormack had been a member of the East Clinton Volunteer Fire Department in Dutchess County, N.Y., for decades. Dutchess County is about halfway between Albany and New York City.
“Tim was a dedicated, highly professional and extremely well trained firefighter. Tim’s technical knowledge and ability to command an emergency were exceptional. Chief McCormack was extremely respected by not only the members of the department, but throughout the Dutchess County fire service,” the statement on the East Clinton Volunteer Fire Department’s Facebook page said.
“Tim will be exceptionally missed by this department’s members, not only for his leadership but for his wonderful sense of humor. Rest in Peace Brother.”