Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Community Turns Out for Fallen Airmen Fundraiser
By Ellis Eskew


The Air Force community comes together Friday night to support a fallen airmen with a fundraiser at Ally Bar in downtown Montgomery.

It's a night designed for the community to come together, enjoy food and drinks, and support a worthy cause.

Capt Devin Ivy is a student at Maxwell Air Force Base's Squandron Officer School. He put the event together. 

"The way that we are doing this is that we are selling a 10 dollar wristband and we've talked to the businesses around the local area. And they have offered food and drink specials that go along withy this wristband," said Ivy.

It's all for fallen airmen Lucas Gruenther's family.

The F-16 pilot was on a training mission off the coast of Italy last month when his plane crashed killing Gruenther.


His wife, who was pregnant at the time, delivered their daughter, Serene, 7 days later.

Some of the airmen at Maxwell Air Force Base actually knew Captain Gruenther.

And they were all impacted by the loss.

"We've got a big Air Force, but it feels really small when something like this happens. We all feel it. Whether we are civilian like me or an Air Force captain. Everybody feels the shock and the sadness when we lose a member," said Scott Knuteson.

"The surrounding community of Montgomery has been extremely supportive. I mean it's been awesome the amount of response and people have shown their support," said Capt. Ivy.