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Friends remember Oldham County Marine killed in helicopter crash

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The death of a Marine from Oldham County, Kentucky, is hitting the community hard.

Adam Satterfield was only 25 years old. He was a South Oldham High School graduate and he's remembered as a talented pilot.

The First Lieutenant died Friday when his helicopter crashed at Twentynine Palms Marine Base in California.

Satterfield was commissioned in 2011 and supported training operations in southern California.

On Monday, his former high school English teacher spoke to WDRB about the young man.

“I remember thinking I would love, at the time I didn't have a son, but remember thinking he's one of those kids that I would love for my son to grow up and be just like him. Just so sweet,” said Suzanne Raque.

Suzanne Raque says he was a genuine person and an upstanding young man.

She remembers him being friends with everyone at the school. One of those friends was Mason Smith. 

"He saw more than most people see in a whole lifetime by the age of 25," Smith told WDRB News. 

Smith says he was always impressed after talking with his friend. 

"You look at your life and you say, wow, he's done so much and it was just an inspiration to hear what he'd done and his accomplishments," Smith said. "He didn't brag about it. He was a very humble individual." 

Smith says Satterfield could do just about everything -- from playing the guitar to riding dirt bikes. Smith also says Satterfield always made people laugh and smile. 

"He was able to have a balancing act and he was very intelligent, very smart and driven and could push you to be the best person that you could be," Smith said. 

As for the crash on Friday, a second person also died.

She is identified as Captain Elizabeth Kealey of Pennsylvania.

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