NEAR LAKEVILLE, Minn. (KTTC) -- Grief is reaching far beyond the field and hearts are breaking miles away from where the helicopter went down on that fateful night of January 2.
Shelly Lair-Langenbau was just one of three victims. She's being remembered by many who recall fond memories of the mother of two daughters and two stepsons.
Family friend Becky Bergan says, "It's gut-wrenching to think of what's happened to that family."
Bergan has lived in the town where Shelly was from before.
She says, "It's more of a family than a town."
Becky heard about the accident almost immediately. Becky's son was on the phone at the time with his father who lives in Iowa.
She recalls the night saying, "My ex-husband was the one that heard over the scanner that there had been a helicopter crash. And he called Jay who was Shell's husband and asked if Shell was home and he said, 'no she's at work.' My ex-husband, Larry, then said, 'well there's been an accident, I'm coming to get you.'"
It's a moment now frozen in time.
Bergan says, "He and I both just sat on the couch shaking. We didn't know what to say or to do. There's nothing you can say or do."
After keeping up on Facebook recently, Becky is remembering the woman who gave her life so others could have a chance at life.
She says, "Helping people when they needed help was what she lived for. Very happy, very loving. Just a beautiful person inside and out."
A mother herself, Becky thinks of the family that is forever changed and the young girls who will rely on pictures and stories to know their mother.
Bergan says, "The oldest daughter is going to have fleeting memories at best when she becomes an adult and their baby won't know mom at all. And that's horrible. I just hope that those little girls know that even though mommy's not with them physically that she's always with them."
Becky is reflecting on a recent picture shared online by Shelly, Not even a month-ago, the family Elf from Christmas, is seen praying and the caption reads, "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4"
As more than a just family, more than just a workplace, and more than just a community are now mourning a hero.
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