April 15, 2006 - Posted at 12:21 p.m. CST
LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) _ Hundreds of people turned out in western
Missouri for the funeral of an Army helicopter pilot killed in
Thirty-seven-year-old Chief Warrant Officer Michael Hartwick
Junior was one of two soldiers killed when their helicopter was
shot down April First.
Hartwick was from the small town of Orrick. His funeral took
place in Liberty yesterday at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, where
he was remembered as ``an angel among men.''
Major Chad Ward served with Hartwick in the Army and spoke of
his ``passion for God, his family and his fellow soldiers.''
Hartwick's widow, Kerri Hartwick, says her husband was a very
humble person. She called yesterday's tribute ``incredible.''