GOLDTHWAITE, Texas (KWTX) A fiery crash in Germany has claimed the life of a 19-year-old airman whose mother and stepfather are both Mills County sheriff’s deputies.
"Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time," the sheriff's office said in a Facebook post Wednesday.
Airman 1st Class Bradley Reese Haile, 19, died in the Sept. 30 crash in Spangdahlem, Germany.
Hailey, of Hamilton, who joined the Air Force after graduating from High School, was assigned to the 52nd Civil Engineer Squadron at Spangdahlem Air Base.
Visitation is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at Riley Gardner Funeral Home in Hamilton.
A funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Hamilton.
Jacob Blackburn, 21, also died in the crash.
The car in which the two were riding left a road near the base’s passenger terminal, struck a stationary object, and burst into flames, Stars and Stripes reported.
“It is with a heavy heart that we must share with you the passing of two of our airmen,” Col. David Epperson, 52nd Fighter Wing commander, said in a statement after the crash.
“As we pay tribute to our fallen brethren, know that they were valuable and highly respected members of our team. Spangdahlem would like to extend our sincerest heartfelt condolences to the friends and families affected by this tragedy.”
Haile's mother Stephanie Brown and stepfather Johnny Brown are both Mills County deputies.
He is also survived by his father, Bradley Haile of Hamilton, two sisters and a brother.