Nebraska family members of one of the four airmen killed in a plane crash while fighting a wildfire in South Dakota say he always wanted to serve his country.
Family members say Maj. Ryan David was a Bellevue native who leaves behind a 10-year-old son. They say he was deployed six times by the Air Force, including to the war in Iraq.
David was one of four members of the North Carolina National Guard who died when their C-130 crashed Sunday while fighting a wildfire in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The cause is under investigation.
David's cousin says he was "always ready and willing to serve." His aunt says he was a big guy with a teddy bear for a heart.