Our little city of Alma was shocked with the news of a plane crash earlier today involving five well known members of the community. The plane was piloted by Jerry Freed, owner of Freed Construction, and was on its way to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, where one of the passengers, Don Pavlik (Superintendent of Alma Schools) was going to receive cancer treatment. Mr. Pavlik's wife was also on board, along with Dr. James Hall and co-pilot Earl Davidson. The plane's engine went out and crashed into Lake Michigan about seven miles out from Ludington, MI. Jerry Freed was rescued from the water, but the other four passengers remain missing.
It goes without saying that our community is suffering right now. Many are holding out hope that the four missing passengers may still be found, but that hope dwindles with every passing hour. Prayers for our community, especially for the families of those who remain missing, are appreciated.
You can read more about the story here and here.