(CBS) — A soldier, husband and father from northwest suburban McHenry has been killed in a military helicopter crash.
Chief Warrant Officer Kevin Mose Weiss, 32, died earlier this week in a training exercise after he and another pilot took off from Fort Campbell, Ky.
His grieving family tells CBS 2’s Audrina Bigos he was a man of great faith and devoted to serving his country. Weiss was married and had two small children.
“For those who love him, they feel blessed that they knew him,” his mother, Susan Weiss, says.
Susan Weiss says her son always wanted to be in the military and joined the Army at age 19. He followed in his grandfather’s footsteps by getting into aviation. Last year, her son served a tour in Afghanistan.
“He lived his life dream,” Susan Weiss says.
His parents got the tragic call Thursday morning.
The chopper crashed during a training exercise. The parents know little about the crash, but they say they do know he is in a better place.
“He will not come back to us, but we will see him again,” his father, Kevin Weiss, says.
The U.S. Army has grounded all aircraft in active-duty units for the next five days, to check out and review safety and training procedures following this crash and one early last week.