Firefighter Killed in Helicopter Crash Receives Hero's Sendoff

NY Post - March 14, 2018

by Ruth Brown

The body of a Texan firefighter who died in Sunday’s East River helicopter crash was returned to his native Dallas on Tuesday — where he was hailed with a water cannon salute from his former colleagues.

Brian McDaniel, 26, was one of five passengers who drowned after the chopper crashed into the frigid waters Monday — alongside his longtime pal Trevor Cadigan, 26, who he was visiting in the Big Apple.

The plane carrying McDaniel’s body landed at Dallas Fort Worth Airport as Dallas Fire-Rescue Department trucks sent arcs of water soaring from the tarmac, NBC DFW reported.

Firefighters stood guard as the American flag-draped casket was transferred to a hearse, which fire trucks then accompanied to a funeral home, the outlet reports.

New York’s Bravest had given McDaniel a similar hero’s sendoff a day earlier, when firefighters carried his casket out of the city Medical Examiner’s Office as FDNY smoke eaters saluted.