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Identities released in fatal Hackberry plane crash

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Posted at 10:39 AM, Feb 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-03 15:30:50-05

Two bodies have been recovered from the wreckage of a plane that went down near Hackberry Tuesday, KPLC reports.

Speaking with Cameron Sheriff Don Johnson,KPLC reports that Johnson said the bodies are believed to be Rock Palermo and Richard Don Clements. Palermo was an instructor on the flight and Clements was a student.

Palermo was also an attorney.

The Veron Bice family is saddened by the loss of our founding partner, Rock Palermo. We appreciate everyone's prayers...

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The families have been notified, they report.

The plane has crashed near Hackberry in Cameron Parish on Tuesday night. There are no survivors.

Sheriff Ron Johnson told KPLC that the plane crashed on a small island between Hackberry and Big Lake, near Pete Seay Circle.

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso spoke at a press conference on Wednesday morning. He and the department announced the death of Rock Palermo who was employed by the sheriff's office.

Mancuso was visibly upset by his passing as spoke to those assembled, "He is one of those people you can't replace."

There was not immediate information about arrangements. The CPSO will be working with family, supporting them. They will update with funeral arrangements and honors at a future date.

"It is a great loss for the department and the entire community," officials said at a press conference

Palermo was a pilot for the department.

"It didn't matter the time of day or night who was in trouble, if it was in another parish and they needed our plane he would jump in and take over."

Mancuso apologized for his demeanor and outburst of emotion during the conference.

"I'm sorry. Like I said, I am a human being. This one is just tough."

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