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Marine from Oldham County killed in helicopter crash laid to rest

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OLDHAM COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) - Hundreds of people attended funeral services Sunday for a Marine killed in a helicopter crash from Oldham County. 

Military officials say 25-year-old Capt. Adam Satterfield died Jan. 23 during a training exercise at Twentynine Palms Marine Base in southern California. 

"I like to see the outreach from the community supporting the family because they're the ones that are really needing us right now," said Jacob Harper, who lives in Oldham County and is in the Air Force. 

Harper was one of the many people lining the road to pay tribute to the fallen Marine. 

Satterfield went to the Merchant Marine Academy after graduating from South Oldham High School in 2007. 

"I heard he was a good friend of a lot of people, and he was a pretty good football player too," said Drew Koch, who's on the football team at South Oldham High School. "It's nice to come out and pay respect to him," Koch said.  

Satterfield and Capt. Elizabeth Kealey of Pennsylvania were killed in a crash during a training exercise, according to officials.

"I was not prepared to hear his name. Quite frankly, it was just a big shock," Marine 1st Lt. Trevor Sewell said. 

Sewell says he trained with Satterfield at flight school in Pensacola. 

"Really calm, always had a great perspective on things," he said about Satterfield. "Always had a good joke and never let things get too heavy." 

Sewell traveled from North Carolina to be at his friend's funeral, which was held at the Oldham County Arts Center in Crestwood. It's estimated that about 450 people were there, many of them fellow Marines. 

"He was a big deal. He was a really, really good guy. I know he made an impact on a lot of people," Sewell said about Satterfield. 

After the funeral, Satterfield's casket was carried out of the building. The supporters outside lined up to the cemetery for the procession. 

"Comments have been made more than once about how they just are overwhelmed by the support from the community and how that was being presented," Capt. Jerry Nauert of the U.S. Coast Guard said about the family. "The respect being given to them, they are just really appreciative of that." 

Satterfield had been married for just over a year, according to Nauert, who is also a family friend. Satterfield's loved ones gathered at Floydsburg Cemetery, where the young captain was laid to rest. 

"We take pride, if you will, that he was doing what he wanted to do, and that was service to his country," Nauert said about Satterfield. "He loved flying and loved to do it everyday. And so, if there's anything we keep telling ourselves, is that he gave his all doing what he truly wanted to do." 

Nauert says Satterfield was a 1st Lieutenant at the time of the accident but had been selected by the Marines to become a captain. He was promoted to captain after death.

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