"It's hard to describe it, you know?" Richard Jakobowski of Westfield said Wednesday. "It's, it's just a hurt feeling that because you know they are a part of our neighborhood here, you know? We love them here. We all love them here."
Jakobowski is just one of many community members in Westfield with a heavy heart after an F15c aircraft with a member of the 104th Fighter Wing from Barnes Air National Guard Base crashed Wednesday morning.
"It really makes you think, you know, they are on the front lines fighting for us, and you know, it's a sacrifice they make," Joshua Clark, of Westfield, said.
Clark says it was tough to hear the pilot is stationed out of Barnes, a base so close to home.
"You know it's just unfortunate, you know, when these things happen. I have family in the military, so when I see these things in the news I think about, you know, jeez, this could happen to anybody," Clark said.
"I felt bad, I mean, it was shocking to hear something like that happen from here," Laura Dean said.
On Wednesday night, well-wishes were sent from the tight-knit community of Westfield with hopes that the pilot is safe.
"We love to hear the jets fly because it's just part of our protection that we have here in this country, you know?" Jakobowski said.
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