Statement Released By Family of Fallen Pilot

Published 02/12 2014 03:19PM

Updated 02/12 2014 03:28PM

Jake Harrell
Jake Harrell
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR - The family of Arkansas Forestry Commission pilot Jake Harrell, whose body was found Tuesday after going missing on Jan. 31, has released a statement regarding his death: 

"Our hearts are heavy as we process the loss of Jake. Jake was a gentle, caring husband and father with a servant’s heart and a desire to serve others. Even as we grieve, we are comforted with the knowledge Jake is in the presence of His Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.   
Over the course of the last 12 days, we have witnessed the best of Arkansas. The love and support we have received has been overwhelming. We are thankful for our church family at First Assembly of God in North Little Rock, the Arkansas Forestry Commission, and the many other agencies who helped find Jake. It is difficult to find words to express the depth of our gratitude to the hundreds of dedicated heroes who searched for Jake."   

A memorial service will be held at First Assembly of God, 4501 Burrow Dr.  North Little Rock on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 10 a.m.

Meanwhile, the AFC says via its Facebook page that a scholarship fund is being set up for Harrell's son. Official information will be made available when the fund is open for donations, which will be in a matter of days.

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