Families remember dead NC National Guard fliers

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Families are remembering the North Carolina Air National Guard members killed in a plane crash while battling Western wildfires.

The National Guard said the families of Lt. Col. Paul Mikeal, 42, and Sgt. Robert “Robbie” Cannon, 50, don’t want to give interviews but wanted to describe the men.

Mikeal is described as a devoted family man to his wife Marlo and their two children. The couple met while they attended UNC Charlotte.

Both became commissioned officers in the Air Force, where Mikeal spent 10 years on active duty. He continued flying C-130 tankers for the Air National Guard in Charlotte.

Cannon is survived by his wife of 22 years and their two teenage children. He joined the National Guard shortly after graduating from Charlotte’s Harding High School.

Credit: The Associated Press.