Nearly 1,000 family and friends paid their respects during a funeral for senior airman Jason Plite.
The Grand Ledge man was killed when his rescue helicopter crashed in Afghanistan on March 23. Plite was on a mission to save a couple Afghan children when he died.
People who knew Plite say he lived by the Air Force pararescuer motto, "That others may live."
Family members are asking people to donate money to a memorial fund rather than sending flowers. A fund is set up with:
914 Charlevoix Suite 100
Grand Ledge, MI 48837
They say the memorial fund will help carry on Plite's love for the arts and swimming.