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Enterprise High Alumni Killed in Helicopter Crash Over Mediterranean

Megan Reardon

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Date: Nov 13 2023 1:53 PM

ENTERPRISE, ALABAMA:       One of the five U.S. Army Special Operations aviation Soldiers killed as a result of a helicopter crash in the Mediterranean Sea was an Enterprise High School graduate.

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Stephen R. Dwyer, 38, of Clarksville, Tennessee, was a 2004 graduate of Enterprise High School.

“We are heartbroken to learn that Steve was killed while in service to our country,” Mayor William E. Cooper said. “I was Assistant Principal when he was in high school and I remember him fondly. Let’s all lift up his wife, their three boys, his parents, sister and other family members and friends in prayer as they go through this unimaginable time.”

Dwyer, along with Chief Warrant Officer 2 Shane M. Barnes, 34, Staff Sgt. Tanner W. Grone, 26, Sgt. Andrew P. Southard, 27, and Sgt. Cade M. Wolfe, 24, died in the Nov. 10 crash.

“May their family and friends find comfort in the fact that these men were serving and defending their country, providing a fine example for all of us of true patriotism. May God Bless their souls,” Cooper said.

The Department of Defense announced the MH-60 Blackhawk experienced an in-flight emergency resulting in the crash. There were no indications the crash was caused by enemy/hostile actions, according to the DOD.

The U.S. Army’s Combat Readiness Center is investigating the crash, which is standard procedure.         

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