Fortune park named in memory of two victims of helicopter crash

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In recognition of a national tragedy, a new park in Fortune will be named in memory of two fallen victims – Wade Drake and Burch Nash.

In recognition of a national tragedy, a new park in Fortune will be named in memory of two fallen victims – Wade Drake and Burch Nash.

Both men were among 17 victims of the Cougar Flight 491 crash in March 2009. The workers were being was ferried to the SeaRose FPSO and Hibernia Platform when the Sikorsky S-92 aircraft went down.

The official park name will be the ‘Wade Drake & Burch Nash Family Park’.

There was a volunteer committee established in Fortune with a goal to develop a state of the art family park, which includes a walking trail with benches for seniors, playground equipment for children, open green spaces, picnic area and trees.

As part of developing the new park, a new name was selected. And in dedication of the national tragedy and two fellow Fortuners, the park is named in their memory.

Burch and Wade lived life to the fullest and had deep values for their respective families and friends. Both enjoyed the outdoors and were actively involved in sports.

In addition to recognizing this tragedy, as well as Wade and Burch, the park will also be offering the opportunity to recognize others through a ‘Bench & Tree Program’. Families can sponsor a bench or tree in memory of a loved one, in recognition of their family name or a business/organization can sponsor a bench or tree in recognition of their business/organization.

The park is scheduled to be opened in July 2012.

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  • cecil engram
    January 08, 2012 - 13:20

    i myself, think it was a excellent idea,to have the park dedicated to their memory.

  • Sylvia skinner smith
    January 04, 2012 - 19:50

    So very proud to be a fellow Fortuner! May the families of Birch and Wade find some comfort here.

  • ann marie cornish
    January 04, 2012 - 19:04

    this is very touching but such a wonderful thing that is being done in fortune ,, place the young man came from and a part of them will aways remain there .... very very nice this is being done god bless and lots memeries 2 be built around it