TEXAS CITY

The U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit held a memorial ceremony Friday for Senior Chief Petty Officer James Pavini and Chief Petty Officer Charles Blome Jr.

Pavini and Blome died in a helicopter crash on July 13, 1994, while en route to conduct vessel inspection offshore.

Pavini’s daughter Kristy Hedger spoke about how he believed that every person has a purpose and every day is a gift. Members of the Coast Guard recounted memories and Pavini’s three siblings traveled from California to commemorate the anniversary.

— Kelsey Walling

Kelsey Walling: 817-690-3093; 409-683-5235; kelsey.walling@galvnews.com 

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Kelsey joined The Daily News in 2017.

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