Mike Helms was one of many passengers on the plane that landed in Oklahoma City on September 13th. The plane touched down and passengers prepped to leave the aircraft when the pilot started speaking over the intercom. What he said and what then happened will stick in Helms' memory forever. Here's what he said about the experience.
It's moments like these that remind us all that no matter our race, color, creed, religion, politics or gender, we all bleed the same.
According to her obituary, "Brooke Raelynn Newton, 25, passed away August 30, 2017 in San Diego, Calif. She was born April 17, 1992 at Tinker Air Force Base to Billy Newton and Misty Garrett. She graduated from Edmond Santa Fe High School in 2010. She began her military service in high school by joining the Air National Guard. Brooke attended the University of Central Oklahoma and then joined the Navy. She was stationed at Coronado Naval Base and traveled to many different ports of call. She was proud to serve her country and treasured the friendships she had with her fellow shipmates.
"Brooke was a lover of oldies music, a friend to all animals, a member of the Chickasaw Nation, a proud Veteran, and an Oklahoma girl. As a young child she accepted Christ as her savior and she was continually growing in her faith. She loved spending time with family and friends, fishing with her PaPa, attending concerts, reading, and anything that made her laugh.
"Brooke leaves behind to cherish her memory her mother, Misty Garrett of Oklahoma City, Okla.; father, Billy Newton and wife Noelle of Oklahoma City; sister, Brittany Tarron and husband Reeve of Oklahoma City; step-sister, Brittney Norris and husband Rick of Midwest City, Okla.; grandparents, Larry and Janice Garrett of Newcastle, Okla.; grandfather, Stuart "Butch" Newton, grandmother, Ginger Green and great-grandmother, Gloria Hill. And many family members, friends and sailors all over the world."
Rest in peace, Brooke Newton.