A plaque is mounted for Steven Paige, a Marine that passed away last week after fighting for his life for nearly 3 weeks.
Paige, along with Sergeant Luke Love and Waide Bourquein were driving in an off-road vehicle on August 1st, when it crashed and caught fire on Araby road.
Sergeant Love was pronounced dead at the scene and now next to his plaque at the Armed Forces Park in Yuma, a plaque to remember Steven Paige.
The only survivor of the accident, Waide Borquein was at the mounting ceremony, mourning the loss of his fellow Marines.
Arne Marin, Senior Chief of Marine Aircraft Group 13, says, “Officer Steven Paige was a true hero in this community. His dedication and passion to the aviation community has surpassed anything we can even talk about.”
Paige is survived by his wife, Emily, and their son. She says Paige considered Yuma his home.
“I am extremely overwhelmed with the love and support from everyone in this community. Its kind of his heart in Yuma, you know he loved the culture and the people of Yuma.”
Member’s of Paige’s family are honored to have a piece of Steven in Yuma, forever.
Paige’s sister, Renee Paige-Nacin, says, “I think it proves what a big impact he made on everybody that he served with. He was very dedicated. He loved his job, he loved his work, and he loved helping other. It’s just a memorial of everything that he meant to everyone else.”
On August 31st, a flag was flown for Paige at the White House, honoring him as a member of the Presidential Helicopter Squadron from 2010-2014.