Fairfax County Man Among 11 Killed in Fla. Helicopter Crash

A Fairfax County man was among the 11 people killed last week when a Black Hawk helicopter crashed in dense fog during a training mission in Florida.

Staff Sgt. Thomas Charles Florich III, 26, was one of four Louisiana Army National Guardsmen participating in a night-time training exercise off the coast of Florida on March 10. Seven Marines with the 2nd Special Operations Battalion were also on the UH-60M Black Hawk.

Florich, a helicopter repairman, was with the Army National Guard for eight years. He was deployed for Operation Deepwater Horizon and Hurricane Issac, according to a release on the Louisiana Army National Guard's website.

He is survived by his wife, father and stepmother. Florich's wife is expecting their first child.

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