Sunday, August 1, 2010

All Four Bodies Recovered

As I mentioned in a previous post, our little town of Alma was dealt a crushing blow a little over a week ago when a plane carrying five prominent and well-known members of our community crashed into Lake Michigan near Ludington.  Jerry Freed, the pilot, was the only passenger rescued.  The other four passengers were missing and presumed dead until this weekend.  The bodies of Don Pavlik and his wife, Irene, were recovered on Friday from within the wreckage of the plane, the body of Dr. James Hall was recovered yesterday, and the body of Earl Davidson was recovered this morning.  It will be some time before our community recovers from this tragedy, but the recovery of the bodies of all involved will bring much relief to many, even as they continue to mourn their loss. 

Driving through downtown Alma right now is quite the experience.  I don't think there is a tree or a pole or a post anywhere without a ribbon.  These people will definitely be missed, and it is comforting to see the community coming together and expressing their shared sympathy as they are.  A memorial service for Earl Davidson was held this past Friday, and it was packed.  I imagine the same will hold true for the memorial services for the Pavliks and for Dr. Hall, which are scheduled for later this week. 

Please keep the families of those who perished in this tragic accident, as well as our community at large, and Jerry Freed, who must bear the awful burden of being the lone survivor, and his family, in your prayers. 


Bethany said...

Pastor Messer,
I grew up in Ludington (currently live in GR) and my family still lives there. We were quite shocked and saddened by the accident. Our prayers are certainly with the victims' families and the community of Alma.

Bethany Kilcrease

Rev. Thomas C. Messer, SSP said...


Thanks for the note and the prayers!