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Northeast Tennessee remembers first responder

By Lyndsey Price, lprice@wcyb.com
Published On: Jun 07 2013 05:00:01 PM CDT
HAWKINS COUNTY, Tenn. -

People in Northeast Tennessee are mourning the loss of a first responder.

Herman "Lee" Dobbs was one of three people killed when the medical helicopter he was on went down in Eastern Kentucky Thursday night.

The helicopter went down in the parking lot of a school 90 miles from Lexington. Witnesses said there was a dense fog.

The National Weather Service says there was no information of fog in the area, and that there was no violent weather where the crash happened.

Dobbs is a Church Hill native and worked many places serving the public, like the Hawkins County Sheriff's Office and Hawkins and Sullivan County EMS.

Those who knew Dobbs says he was doing what he loved. "He was achieving his goals. He passed away doing what he loved to do. A lot of times even with fallen officers they do what they have a passion for and sometimes they have to pay the ultimate sacrifice just like Lee did," said Ronnie Lawson, Hawkins County Sheriff.

"Lee was a very caring person he was a very likely person," said Mark Vance, Dobbs’ friend.

Federal air and safety officials plan to investigate the accident.