Re: [sangiro] Condolences for Chris Martin (GroundZero)
It is so hard to type with tears streaming down my cheeks.
I don't know where to start, I have lived in Tullahoma all my life and have seen canopies in the air so many times growing up. I had always wanted to skydive, in 1999 my younger brother made his first tandem at Tennessee Skydiving Center with Fast Eddie, Chris was flying N5542B for that jump. I'm sure most of you have seen the end of this jump because Patrick puked and fell over as soon as Eddie got him unhooked. I know Eddie showed it at the WFFC several times as well as lots of other places. Patrick was not hindered by this though, in Oct. of 2000 he decided to make another tandem and asked me if I would want to go. I said I would and a few weeks later I made my first skydive with Dave Nye as my tandem instructor from N5542B with pilot Chris Martin. In June of the next year Patrick and I both went through AFF at TSC, again each of our jumps was made from N5542B with Chris flying. I have since made almost 500 jumps with the majority of them at TSC.
I am now the primary video guy at TSC and I feel that I owe all of this to my dear friend Chris Martin for having such a great DZ 5 miles from my front door.
Kristi, I am truly honored that you have asked me to video Chris' memorial dive. Charity and I will continue to pray for you and the girls and be there for you anyway we can. I am amazed at the strength that I have seen in you(especially today.)
I am putting together a photo slide show to be presented at Chris' memorial and would appreciate any photos that anyone would like to contribute.
I will also be working on a memorial video with Cowboy in the near future. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you have some footage that you would like to contribute and we can discuss how to get it to me.
I will never forget you Chris.
(This post was edited by freefalljason on Nov 1, 2004, 5:24 PM)