The Morning Interview

Lance Leone: “Come back right now”

This is the third of our three-part conversation with Lt. Lance Leone, the only survivor of a fatal helicopter crash in 2010, in which three people from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka died. Listen to the interview and read the story here.

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