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Posted: 10:15 p.m. Friday, July 6, 2012
SHELBY, N.C. —
A National Guard airman returned to North Carolina Friday night, less than a week after a firefighting plane carrying six local Guardsmen crashed in South Dakota.
Josh Marlowe, 28, returned home Friday around 6 p.m. to an air force back in Charlotte. He was welcomed home by friends and family.
He was then asked to report to Chapel Hill for observations to ensure he is in good condition. He is still there and is expected to return home soon.
He is expected to be OK.
Residents in his Shelby neighborhood hung “Welcome Home” signs and American flags.
“We are thrilled to death. We don’t know why he was spared, but we are so thankful,” said Carol Gantt, a Shelby resident.
A private memorial will be held Tuesday for the four airmen who did not survive the crash. Only their families, invited guests and members of the 145th Airlift Wing are invited.
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