MSgt Bill “Pikey” Posch Hero Fund

MSgt William Posch was killed in action 15 March 2018. This GoFundMe has been set up as a central point to accept donations for his two children, Kai and Jackson.

Onboard an HH-60G Pavehawk helicopter performing Combat Search and Rescue along the Iraq and Syrian border, Bill Posch and 6 others lost their lives fighting for our country at a time when much of our country carries-on without the realities of war.  Bill - aka Pikey for his enthralling personality - was a USAF Pararescueman with 18 years of service and experience saving lives, selflessly putting duty before personal desires and comforts.  Bill grew up in Jacksonville, Florida, was a Jacksonville Beach lifeguard, contractor, brother, son, and father.  His life ended tragically, a hero.  Bill died alongside two Pararescue brothers, Carl and Mark.  We can't replace these men, but we can do our part...they will be missed, but never forgotten.

For four years I was Sgt Posch’s officer in charge and team mate at the 308th Rescue Squadron.  Posch was gregarious, competent, agressive, and never unmotivated.  You couldn't be in a building and not know he was there.  How do you lead men like this?  How do you earn their respect?  Bill made me better, made us all better, he kept you on your toes.  At any given moment there are about 500 PJs across the active, reserve, and guard Air Force.  It's a small community, though not always possible to know all the guys.  Most dudes know Bill.  He was a beast.  

The investigation is ongoing, though what is suspected is that the helicopter struck power lines.  These accidents are both unreal and visceral for all of us who know what the risks are, and what it would feel like to know you're helplessly pinned, falling to certain death.  It's awful.  And yet, we choose to fight, again, and again.  We believe in something bigger than ourselves.  We want to be challenged, we want to face something that can destroy us; we want to test our metal.  Bill was a Man in the Arena, bloodied and covered in sweat, he knew defeat, and he knew victory.

I melt at the reality of what has to be explained to our children when the ultimate sacrifice is made.  "Daddy's not coming home."  Words don't come right or feel ready, but we press.  We'll be by your side to send you off brother.

Bill leaves behind two young boys, Kai and Jackson. The purpose of this fund is to help them want for nothing when it comes to overcoming this indescribable loss.  We can never replace their father, but perhaps we can supplant the income that makes certain opportunities possible.  An investment vehicle in their names will do just that, and this GoFundMe's contributions will go directly to Kai and Jackson.

THANK YOU for your love and support, your patriotism and respect. PLEASE share and get this to the masses - every bit helps!


https://www.t.com/nightly-news/video/u-s-air-force-helicopter-crashes-near-iraq-border-killing-seven-on-board-1188022339639 

http://www.airforcemag.com/DRArchive/Pages/2014/September%202014/September%2009%202014/Spotlight-TSgt.-William-R.-Posch.aspx 


Bill was one of the USAF 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year in 2014
Hurricane Harvey - Bill getting a child to safetyBill, Kai, and Jackson
 HOOYAH, Bill!  Till Valhalla.  Wherever we meet again, I'm sure you'll be by the water, and I'll be ready for those beach entries brother.

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7 service members lost their lives in the Jolly 51 crash:

Capt. Andreas B. O’Keeffe, 37, of Center Moriches, NY
Capt. Christopher T. Zanetis, 37, of Long Island City, NY
Master Sgt. Christopher J. Raguso, 39, of Commack, NY
Staff Sgt. Dashan J. Briggs, 30, of Port Jefferson Station, NY
Capt. Mark K. Weber, 29, of Colorado Springs, CO
Master Sgt. William R. Posch, 36, of Indialantic, FL
Staff Sgt. Carl P. Enis, 31, of Tallahassee, FL

Tax deductible charitable donations can also be made to the Pararescue Foundation 

The following funds are also live for Raguso and Dash:
https://www.gofundme.com/5a6lxdc

https://www.youcaring.com/rebeccabriggs-1134709?fb_action_ids=10214745195959251&fb_action_types=youcaringcom%3Adonate

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Donations

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  • Kevin Kirby 
    • $25 
    • 10 mos
  • Nate Simonson 
    • $100 
    • 18 mos
  • Johnny Eddie 
    • $100 
    • 25 mos
  • John & Sarah Zanetis 
    • $360 
    • 31 mos
  • Caleb Kiley 
    • $50 
    • 32 mos
See all

Fundraising team: Team Pikey (3)

Lucky Luke 
Organizer
Raised $21,917 from 169 donations
Quincy, IL
Susan Posch 
Beneficiary
Mitchell Adams 
Team member
Raised $650 from 6 donations
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