GSP chopper pilot remembered by hundreds

GSP chopper pilot remembered by hundreds
Shawn Urquart
Shawn Urquart

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Family friends and law enforcement officials across south Georgia remember the retired state trooper pilot who was killed in a plane crash on Saturday.

Friends say Kevin Coalson never met a stranger.  He left a lasting impact on the community.

A final salute to a dedicated retired Georgia State Trooper, as this long procession of patrol cars passed slowly and solemnly through Albany.

"Whenever you saw him, he always had a smile on his face. He was just someone who would just bring joy to a room whenever he walked in," said GSP Sgt. Shawn Urquhart. "I've been crying ever since Saturday.  It's just, it's hard. I don't even know how to describe it."

Hundreds gathered at the Mount Zion Baptist church to remember 48-year-old Kevin Coalson.

Coalson, who flew helicopters with the state patrol, along with 40-year-old Britt Knight, and 30-year-old Brittany Kerfoot were killed after their plane crashed shortly after taking off from Southwest Georgia Regional Airport.

"He was a great pilot and everything.  So, even though it was a tragic death, he died doing something that he loved," said Urquhart.

Four Georgia State Patrol helicopters flew over family and friends following the funeral service.

Close friend Sergeant Shawn Urquhart says Coalson's ability to touch others in the community beyond law enforcement makes her feel proud to be a trooper.

"All the good memories will outweigh that one tragedy, yes."

A memorial service for Brittany Kerfoot was held yesterday Britt Knight's memorial service will happen tomorrow morning at 11:00 at Gillionville Baptist Church.

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