NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (February 12, 2014) - The following is a statement from the wife and family of AFC pilot, Jake Harrell:

Our hearts are heavy as we process the loss of Jake. Jake was a gentle, caring husband and father with a servant's heart and a desire to serve others. Even as we grieve, we are comforted with the knowledge Jake is in the presence of His Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Over the course of the last 12 days, we have witnessed the best of Arkansas. The love and support we have received has been overwhelming. We are thankful for our church family at First Assembly of God in North Little Rock, the Arkansas Forestry Commission, and the many other agencies who helped find Jake. It is difficult to find words to express the depth of our gratitude to the hundreds of dedicated heroes who searched for Jake.

A Memorial Service will be held at First Assembly of God, 4501 Burrow Drive, North Little Rock on Saturday, February 15th at 10 a.m.

According to the AFC Facebook, a scholarship fund for Jake's son is being set up. Official information will be made available when the fund is open for donations, which will be in a matter of days.

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