UPDATE:Anthon Fire Department confirms plane crash victim was one of their own
When the Anthon Fire Department arrived on the scene of a fiery plane crash south of Correctionville Saturday night, they had no idea one of the victims they were trying to save, was one of their own.
Former Fire Chief Mike Berning confirms that Lee Schroeder was one of two passengers killed when the small privately-owned plane came down in a field near Highway 31 Saturday night. Berning said Schroeder was a long-time member of the Anthon Fire/Rescue team and was an active member of the community. He was getting set to play Santa Claus for the town celebration next weekend.
The name of the other victim is expected to be released later Sunday. The pilot of the plane, Gaylen Knaack, of Correctionville, Iowa was rushed to the hospital. His condition is unknown, but the Woodbury County Sheriff's Department says he suffered major injuries.
Authorities have not said where the three were headed. They believe dense fog was a factor in the crash. An ambulance responding to the scene hit a deputy's vehicle. No one was hurt in the collision.
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