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Former Abilene Producer Remembers Colleague and Friend Killed in North Carolina Helicopter Crash


ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Former Abilene meteorologist for KRBC, Jason Myers, was devastatingly killed in a helicopter crash in North Carolina, along with pilot Chip Tayag. A former colleague of Myers remembers the meteorologist and friend as being “positive with a drive to succeed”.

A native of North Carolina, Myers graduated from North Carolina State University and landed his first job as a weatherman/reporter at KRBC in Abilene. Here he did weekend forecasting and weekday reporting in 2004 and 2005.

Myers’ former Abilene colleague Leon Brent, who worked as a producer for KRBC Newscast between 2003 and 2009, said he remembered Myers’ drive to succeed in journalism, as he remembered of one of his favorite memories of his career.

“He is [Myers] never did live action for breaking news, but he went out and he went through it,” Brent explained. “It was, it was awesome, I guess I was like a proud dad, almost.”

Former Abilene Producer Remembers Colleague and Friend Killed in North Carolina Helicopter Crash
Jason Myers and family, courtesy of Paul Southerland, Myers brother-in-law

Brent told KTAB/KRBC when he watched Myers’ first live shot, he knew in that moment he was destined for great things. He said he was thrilled his old friend had the opportunity to work in his home state of North Carolina and serve the community he knows best.

“You could tell he was solid, I mean his skills were advancing really well so, no surprise, and the fact that he was in North Carolina is also no surprise – that’s basically his home for him,” Brent said.

Jason Myers was known to many as a team player and mentor.

Myers is survived by his wife Jillian, who was his childhood best friend, and their four children together.

Brent said what he will remember most about Myers is his positivity.

“Just energetic – and his youth showed and rubbed off on everyone,” added Brent.

A funeral service will be held for Myers on Saturday, November 26 at 11:00 a.m. at Carmel Baptist Church in Matthews, North Carolina.

Myers’ brother-in-law, Paul Southerland, created a Fundraising GoFundMe for his newly widowed sister on Wednesday. With a goal of raising $15,000, overwhelming support from everyone who heard her story raised over $141,000 overnight.

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