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Due to a Terrible Accident, Captain Benjamin Moulton from Emmet, Idaho Died on Feb 6, 2024

Annie Ward
State Trooper Captain Benjamin Moulton was killed in a helicopter training exercise for the Emmett police department. The helicopter reportedly crashed in a storm in San Diego on Feb. 6th, 2024.

On Feb. 6, 2024 a marine soldier from Emmet, Idaho, died in a tragic training accident in San Diego, California during a training exercise preparing the soldiers for using heavy-duty helicopters.  

According to, “All were assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California.”  

During this time, five men were assigned to this training exercise: Capt. Benjamin Moulton, Lance Cpl. Donovan Davis, Sgt. Alec Langen, Capt. Jack Casey and Capt. Miguel Nava. All died in the accident.  

Coach Jon Parhamsaid on Instagram, He was a natural leader, always had a smile, he had a work ethic that inspired his teammates, and was a man that all of us looked up to, myself included. He was also a proud Marine. He lit up when he spoke of his service to our country and could not wait to become an aviator.”’  

He was very loved and cared for, and that was incredibly evident at the procession from the Boise Airport to Emmet City Park, where he was laid to rest. In the procession, there were a multitude of state police leading the casket and the family vehicles. Following behind the police cars, trucks and motorcycles were hundreds of motorcycles from differing veteran bicker groups.  

On the sides of the roads, hundreds of people carried American flags and paid their respects. Veterans holding flags and saluting their fallen soldiers were another sight during this event. One of those veterans is Master Sergeant Scott Yates. 

“Not only is it an honor to serve alongside these service members, but it’s also an honor to be there for their last ride home,” Yates said. “Idahoans from far and wide showed their support for this brave man, and all the members of the armed forces appreciate how well they came out and showed their respect for the ultimate sacrifice of this marine.” 

Though it happens all too often, the sacrifices of these brave men and women who fight should never be forgotten. May every fallen soldier rest easy knowing they served their country well.  

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Josie Yates
Josie Yates, Copy Editor
Hey y’all! I’m Josie Yates. I am a junior here at Eagle, and this is my first year being a copy editor for the Stampede Newspaper. Outside of school, I love reading, writing, horseback riding, and lacrosse. After college, I plan on either being an author or a behavioral analyst.
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My name is Annie Ward, and I am a photographer for my first (and last) year of Newspaper. I am a senior and I look forward to taking pictures and writing articles for The Stampede. I run track and cross country, and my favorite events are the 800m and the mile. I love to bake, bike, shop, listen to music (a lot of old Taylor Swift), and recently I have started playing the ukulele.
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