JENKINS, Ky. (LEX 18) - The service for a Kentucky native killed in an Army Black Hawk helicopter crash won't be held until Friday, but a procession was waiting at the Tennessee line to bring Abby Milam home.
Staff Sergeant Abigail Milam, originally from Jenkins, Ky. was declared dead after a search for the Black Hawk helicopter was called off. The crash happened in August off the shore of Oahu, Hawaii.
Debris and remains from the helicopter contained DNA belonging to Milam and other crew members.
The procession started at the Whitley County line. Firefighters hoisted American flags on overpasses to the Interstate Below. In Abby's home county of Jenkins, businesses posted signs thanking her for her service to the country.
Many didn't know her, but they say it's the least they could do.
First responders along the route waited on the sides of the road for the procession so they could join her in her final journey. They travel from Whitley to Laurel, Clay, Leslie, Perry and finally Letcher.
In a Jenkins Police car, her family waited patiently. Then they were joined for miles by police, motorcycles, firetrucks, and ambulances with lights blazing in memory of their hometown hero.
Milam's service will be held at the Hemphill Freewill Baptist Church on October 14, 2017 at 1 p.m. A private service for family will follow.