Five people were killed on Sunday when the helicopter they were travelling in crashed into the city's East River. For the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department, McDaniel had been a fire rescue officer for almost to years, also working for Fire Station 36.
They say he was not married, nor had children, but is survived by his father who lives in Dallas, and his mother and older brother who live in the Denver metro area.
A former teacher of McDaniel says he kept in contact. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident and is slated to provide an update on the crash late Monday afternoon. All five passengers perished, but the pilot was able to free himself and survived.
"He became a firefighter". "So it was truly a joyful moment".
Cadigan, 26, worked for Business Insider in NY after attending SMU and majoring in journalism.
Michelle Longoria taught Trevor Cadigan journalism in his sophomore year at Bishop Lynch. Despite his short tenure, hearts are heavy with grief as we not only try to come to grips with his loss departmentally; but to also be there in every way that we can for his family.
"He was a quiet kid, but you always knew he was in the room", said Tony Pederson, the chair of the SMU Journalism Department and one of Cadigan's professors. The helicopter crash landed in the East River, flipped upside down and then submerged into the cold water, authorities said.
Authorities said the helicopter is owned by Liberty Helicopter Tours, which on its website calls itself the "largest and most experienced helicopter sightseeing and charter service in the Northeast". "In that, I saw this incredible birth of a young man who found something that he really, really wanted to do".
The NTSB says it has heard from other passengers in sister helicopters from the same company that the harnesses are hard to get out of and that they weren't certain how to use knives they were given to use on the harnesses in case of an emergency. In a statement, the company said it is "focused on supporting the families affected by this tragic incident and on fully cooperating with the FAA and NTSB investigations".
The cause of the crash is still unclear.