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Walz orders flags flown at half-staff for pilot killed in Brainerd helicopter crash

Timothy McDonald. Photo: Courtesy of GoFundMe
Timothy McDonald.

Updated: July 08, 2019 03:24 PM

Governor Tim Walz has ordered all state and federal flags across Minnesota to be flown at half-staff Tuesday in honor of a pilot killed in a helicopter crash in Brainerd.

Pilot Timothy McDonald was killed while on-duty when the helicopter he was in crashed on June 28 at Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport. He worked as a pilot for North Memorial Health Air Care for the past four years, and previously served in the Army as an aviation Warrant Officer and as a paramedic for North Memorial. He leaves behind a wife, four children and his parents.

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"Pilot McDonald was an outstanding pilot who was respected and admired by his colleagues and served the public with dignity and pride," reads the proclamation issued by Walz. "The State of Minnesota recognizes Pilot Tim McDonald for his dedicated services to, and sacrifice for, his fellow citizens with its deepest gratitude, and all thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and entire community."

A GoFundMe has been set up by family. 

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