LIVINGSTON, Mont. — The B-47 Ridge Designation Act, a bill honoring four airmen killed in a 1962 crash on Emigrant Peak, passed the House of Representatives unanimously.
Lt. Fred Hixenbaugh, Capt. Bill Faulconer, Lt. Lloyd Sawyers and Lt. David Sutton died July 23, 1962 during a training mission from Dyess Air Force Base in Texas, when the B-47 bomber they were flying crashed into the side of Emigrant Peak.
Emigrant resident Bryan Wells, who has been a big part of raising awareness about the crash site and pushing the bill forward, said the bill’s passage is a great thing for the families of the airmen, and a part of the area’s local history.
“I like the thought that Park County and Montana care about their veterans,” Wells told the Livingston Enterprise.
The bill, which passed on Sept. 21, names the ridge of the crash site “B-47 Ridge” and allows a memorial plaque to be placed at the site.
Wells said he’s especially happy for the victims' families, who are “wonderful and amazing people.”
Meeting the families and talking to them through this process made Wells realize the sacrifice families make when they lose a loved one.