GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Kent County Sheriff's Department on Thursday honored people who helped respond to a summertime tragedy and, along the way, formed an unexpected connection.
In August, New Mexico residents Bryan and Delia Bowker drove across the country to buy an ultralight aircraft in Lowell.
Bryan was test-flying the plane, when it crashed and he was killed.
After the accident, victim advocates and a Lowell couple went above and beyond to help Bowker's widow.
"For myself, I don't need recognition," said Kent County Sheriff's Department victim advocate Jay Groendyke. "I'm doing this because it's the right thing to do."