Volunteers support first responders and military families after deadly helicopter crash in Marty

Updated: December 05, 2019 10:18 PM

Marty Township is the epitome of small-town Minnesota.

Only two dozen people live in the rural town. When locals learned of the deadly Black Hawk helicopter crash that took the lives of three National Guardsmen, they knew what to do. Volunteers realized all kinds of support would be needed, whether that meant a hug, food to sustain first responders through the night, coffee and hot chocolate or access to bathrooms.


Residents met at the Holy Cross Church and School and opened it up to serve as a sort of community center.

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The volunteers even brought supplies from their own homes, Marty resident Dina Colville said.

"We're a small community and very close," she said. "I'm a paramedic. We have a lot of military people who work for us, and this hits close to home."

Volunteer Alan Haus didn't hesitate to leave his home and donate his time to help others.

"Everybody comes together at times of need," he said. "You lend a hand, and that's nice to have."

The plan is to keep the school open all night long into the morning.

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