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Ormond Beach Observer Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 6 months ago

Ormond man dies in helicopter crash, fundraiser set up for family

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Jason Krakowiak died in late December while attempting an emergency landing for work.
by: Jarleene Almenas Associate Editor

An Ormond Beach man died in a helicopter crash in Jones County, Mississippi, on Dec. 29, 2020, and a GoFundMe has been set up to help his family.

Jason Krakowiak, 40, worked as a helicopter pilot and flight instructor, and died while attempting an emergency landing while flying for work, according to the fundraising site. He used to perform aerial firefighting, oil and gas support, government and private charters, as well as worked as an aerial saw pilot. He died a week after his birthday, and is survived by his wife and two sons.

"Jyl, Parker, and August have been devastated by the loss of their husband, father, and hero," said James Martin, the campaign organizer on the GoFundMe page. "In these poignant times, Jyl is still trying to process the loss of her soulmate, while being the anchor for her children."

The site states that Krakowiak was his family's main provider and the goal of the fundraiser is to help his wife and children with finding a source of income, cost-of-living expenses, housing expenses and the cost of the estate and probate attorney.

So far, the community has raised over $37,000 of the $150,000 goal.

Want to help? Here is the GoFundMe site: https://gf.me/v/c/gfm/help-jyl-and-her-two-young-boys

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