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Written by San Fernando Valley Sun   
Thursday, 19 June 2014 02:27

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VAN NUYS (CNS) - A memorial service was held Tuesday, June 17 for a Los Angeles Fire Department helicopter pilot/paramedic who was killed, along with an 8-year-old child, when the small plane he was piloting while off duty crashed in San Bernardino County.

Brian Lee, 47, of Saugus, was fatally injured about 11:15 a.m. June 9 at the northwest end of El Mirage Dry Lake recreation area, the San Bernardino County coroner's office reported. He died at a hospital later that day.

A passenger in the plane, 8-yearold Sebastian Grewal of Frasier Park, died at a hospital on Friday, the San Bernardino County coroner's office reported.

The cause of the crash was under investigation. Lee was reportedly giving the boy a plane ride during a camping trip. The paramedic was a friend of the boy's family.

Lee's memorial service was held at the LAFD's Air Operations facility atFire Station 114 in Van Nuys. The flag-draped casket was brought to the facility in an LAFD Air Operations helicopter, and was escorted by colleagues.

Interment was at Eternal Valley Memorial Park in Newhall. LAFD colleagues who were on hand when the crash occurred rushed to render aid. San Bernardino County Fire Department paramedics began emergency care and then airlifted Lee and the boy to trauma centers. Lee had recently celebrated his 47th birthday, and had served for more than 25 years with the department.