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Snowbirds pilot shows appreciation after receiving get-well soon card from Kamloops community

Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Jenn Carter

A Kamloops woman got a bit teary-eyed after giving a card she made to a Snowbird pilot who was injured when his plane crashed in a Brocklehurst neighbourhood last month.

Jenn Carter saw the fence near the Kamloops airport decorated for Capt. Jennifer Casey, who died after the crash but noticed that it didn’t have much for pilot Capt. Richard MacDougall. She decided to send him a card and rally community support.

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The massive get well card, complete with photos of the memorial near the Kamloops airport and signatures from Kamloops residents was given to him the day before he left for Moose Jaw, for rehabilitation in May. He sent her a photo, along with text messages sharing his gratitude, June 25.

“I had been in contact with him via text for awhile so I wasn't completely surprised to get a text from him, but when I saw the photos, I was very happy that the card made him feel that Kamloops was supporting him in his recovery. It was a special moment for sure. I did get a bit teary,” she said.

Carter said they plan to meet when he visits Kamloops after his recovery.

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“I am very excited to get to meet him. He is a wonderful man who really has a place in his heart for the Kamloops community,” she said.

The card had more than 100 signatures and Carter actually had to turn people away.

"Without the community coming out to show their support, this wouldn't have been possible. Kamloops is a great little city," she said.

The cause of the crash is currently under investigation.

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