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Families rebuild one year after deadly Santee plane crash

Santee residents recollect the push to avoid wasting their neighbors after a plane crashed within the neighborhood and their efforts to rebuild.

SAN DIEGO — Santee residents keep in mind the push to rescue an aged couple from their Santee dwelling after a small plane crashed on the nook of Jeremy and Greencastle avenue practically one year in the past.

“Seeing this place on fire; It looked like something out of a war video game,” mentioned James Slaff, a neighbor whose dwelling was near the destruction.

Dr. Sugata Das, who was piloting the plane, and longtime UPS driver Steve Krueger died on the scene.

Newlyweds Courtney and Cody Campbell had simply completed reworking their new dwelling one day earlier than the plane crash hearth destroyed all of it. Luckily, they weren’t dwelling, however they lost every part.

The couple was capable of get better Cody’s wedding ceremony ring from the rubble. 

Now, they’re rebuilding and welcoming a brand new addition – a child boy!

“It will be much more special when we have a plus one with us. We are looking forward to it,” mentioned Courtney. 

“When they told us around what time we would have the baby, we were taken aback at just the timing of everything. What are the chances? It’s a boy! We have a name picked out, but we are not telling anyone! We are waiting to see his face and personality and see if it matches,” mentioned Courtney. 

While the thrill surrounding welcoming a child boy exudes, the recollections following that fiery crash have not gone away for neighbors.

“Still a year later, we are still feeling the effects of it,” mentioned James, Maria’s son. 

Another household impacted by the plane crash, Campbell’s neighbors, a retired couple, Maria and her husband, Phil, have been dwelling together with her son, James, for the previous year. 

Maria and Phil have been recovering from third-degree burns because of the crash.

Maria had reconstructive surgical procedures, and Phil at present has mobility points. 

“He is still recovering. He risked his life over me. He covered me. I lost my dog, and I am suffering,” mentioned Maria. 

The couple lived of their Santee dwelling for greater than twenty years. They are keen to start out recent and make recollections of their new dwelling. 

“We were anxious to have this house built again, and it’s making me happy and my husband worked so hard for this. So from the bottom of my heart, I say thank you to everybody in the community who was there for us,” mentioned Maria. 

Families and pals deliberate to collect in Ocean Beach Sunday, October 9, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the most important lifeguard tower for a particular memorial for Steve Krueger, the UPS driver who was tragically killed within the crash.

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