PUBLISHED: 5:01 PM on Wednesday, April 23, 2008
State workers killed in helicopter crash
Three State employees and their pilot perished April 15 when their helicopter crashed during maintenance operations on the State of Alaska Telecommunications System (SATS) near the 120 milepost on the Glenn Highway.

Those killed were: Tom Middleton, 46, who had worked for the Department of Administration for two years; Mike Seward, 37, who also worked for the Department for two years; and Joe O'Donnell, 47, who transferred to the department from the Ted Stevens International Airport three weeks ago.

Seward's 14-year-old step-son survived the crash and was transported to the Mat-Su hospital.

"We all have suffered a loss from this terrible tragedy," said Annette Kreitzer, Commissioner of the Department of Administration. "These men dedicated themselves to keeping our communications systems working and were known for their love of life and family. My thoughts and prayers go out to their families and friends during this difficult time."

Anand Dubey, Director of Enterprise Technology Systems (ETS) for the Department of Administration said, "These men were the best we had; they were the A-Team for ETS. They were exemplary employees who always strived for excellence and set the standard for the rest of us. They are greatly missed."

Another ETS employee, Darrell Bowman, who had been deployed to the same region to work on another SATS site spent the night in the SATS site shelter, provisioned for such occasions, and was picked up safely this morning.