Bakersfield serviceman remembered as a loving family man and hero

Bakersfield serviceman remembered as a loving family man and hero »Play Video
This undated photo released by the U.S. Air Force shows Technical Sergeant Herman "Tre" Mackey III, 30, from Bakersfield, Calif., in front of a KC-135 engine. Sgt. Mackey died on May 3, 2013, when his aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff near Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. (AP Photo/Fairchild Air Force Base)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Family and friends gathered for the memorial of 30-year-old technical Sgt. Herman "Tre" Mackey III Saturday at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church.

Those who knew him say Tre Mackey was a dedicated husband and father who loved to watch USC football and the Lakers.

While Tre was laid to rest Memorial Day in Spokane, Washington - on Saturday he was celebrated for his heroism in his hometown of Bakersfield, California.

Herman Tre Mackey III graduated from Bakersfield High School in 2001 before joining the Air Force.

30-year-old Mackey may have moved away, but he never forgot his family, friends and the place where he grew up.

Tre Mackey and 2 other airmen were killed May 3rd when their aerial refueling tanker crashed in Kyrgyzstan - just north of Afghanistan.

Tre's Sister Aiesha Mackey said, " I will always remember him as a hero, outgoing, a loving brother. He was a great dad to hid daughter Payton and such a good influence on his peers and the people that followed him and his trails."

The Mackey family says the US military has been very helpful during the ordeal; flying everyone to Washington for Tre's Memorial Day funeral.

State Senator Jean Fuller was on hand Saturday in Bakersfield to present the family with a Memorial Resolution Certificate honoring Bakersfield native and U.S. Airman Technical Sgt. Herman "Tre" Mackey III.

Close friend and fellow Airman William Maxwell said, "he always brought happiness to everyone and he brought happiness to me and that's how I will always remember him."

Tre's wife Megan says he would light up a room with his humor and smile. He had no enemies. A stranger to no one. And was always there to lend a hand to anyone who needed it.