Funeral Service Held for Blue Angels Pilot Killed in Tenn. Crash
Durango residents honor Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss as the motorcade escorting his remains to Greenmount Cemetery makes its way down Main Avenue on Saturday, June 11, 2016, in Durango, Colo. Kuss died on June 2 when his plane crashed during a Blue Angels practice exercise for an air show in Tennessee.Jerry McBride / The Durango Herald via AP
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DURANGO, Colo. — People waving flags and standing at attention said goodbye Saturday to a Blue Angels pilot who was killed in a crash while practicing for an air show.
The private service for Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss was capped by a 21-gun salute and a flyover by Marine units that he served with before joining the Blue Angels flight demonstration team nearly two years ago.
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The service was held in his hometown, Durango, about 340 miles southwest of Denver. Kuss graduated from Durango High School in 2002 and Fort Lewis College in 2006,
"Here's a guy who is a legitimate hero to the whole state," Hickenlooper said Friday afternoon. "He went to Fort Lewis. They told him, 'Well, we're not sure that's the right school if you want to be a pilot.' He said, 'I don't care. I want to go to Fort Lewis. I want to be a pilot. I want to do both.' The guy clearly had focus."