Jump of a lifetime for three local veterans

TAFT, Calif. - It was the jump of a lifetime.

90-year-old World War II veteran David Crawford can now cross skydiving off his bucket-list.

Crawford's brother Emry also served in World War II, fighting at the Battle of the Bulge. 

Emry died last week at age 92.

Saturday, Crawford jumped from 13,000 feet in honor of his brother at Skydive Taft.

"He was a wonderful brother. He never smoked or drank or even said a discouraging word," said Crawford.

Jumping along side Crawford, his brothers in uniform -- 85-year-old Jerry Hedges, a Korean War veteran and 91-year-old World War II veteran Charles Wilson.

The heroes were excited and honored to take flight.

"I feel especially honored that I'm able to do this, so it's a privilege for me," Hedges said. 

"I feel so honored to be able to go on this," Crawford said. 

"I just feel kind of pleased, honored, recognized, you know for being asked to do this and so here I am," Wilson said.

It was all smiles for the men as they geared up and loaded the plane.

State Assemblywoman Shannon Grove and Congressman Kevin McCarthy's wife Judy joined the fun, excited to support the men who risked their lives for our country.

Bo Howard and Chad Garcia with Comrades and Canopies donated the jump to the vets, making their dream a reality.

"This is what we set out to do," Garcia said. "This is what Comrades and Canopies is. To be able to offer them a tandem jump and see the excitement on their faces, it's mission accomplished."

Comrades and Canopies said they plan to continue to offer skydiving free of charge to any veteran who wants to jump.

You can find more information or donate through their Facebook page.




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