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Memorial held for TV journalists killed in helicopter accident 6 years ago

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PHOENIX -

It was a somber remembrance at Steele Indian School Park at the memorial in honor of four valley television journalists who died six years ago Saturday.

They were covering a police pursuit when their two helicopters collided, killing all four men on board.

A short prayer was said at the memorial at the park to remember KTVK pilot Scott Bowerbank and photographer Jim Cox and KNXV photographer Rick Krolak and pilot Craig Smith.

"On July 27th will always be a difficult time for us, but something we are determined not to let die. This memorial in the park is just fantastic and the folks who put this together should be commended. We thank them very, very much," said Alan Cox.

Jim Cox's father says they have formed a foundation in his son's memory.

"And we award five $2,500 scholarships to college photo journalism students and five high-end cameras to high school journalism students," said Cox.

He says the foundation has kept his family going.

I look around at this park and I see all his family and friends and people who knew him who came out and it's very easy to see the impact he left on everyone here," said Colton Krolak.

Krolak says every day is still difficult since the death of his father.

He tried to instill in me how to live my life so that someday I could live without him and that day came a little faster than he and I anticipated," said Krolak.

"Knowing what he stood for, knowing what kind of hard working genuine, talented, funny man he was, makes me wanna be like him and if I could be just a fraction of what he was I know I lived my life well," said Krolak.

Jim Cox's father, Alan Cox says they live in Texas, but still make it to Phoenix several times a year.

They still stay in the home their son renovated in the Coronado District.

Colton Krolak is a junior at ASU studying journalism and criminal justice.

He hopes to one day follow in his father's footsteps.

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