KOMO has shared that Bill Strothman, the camera operator for Air 4, was one of the two people killed in the tragic helicopter crash today near the Space Needle. They are sharing his life and love today, and have posted some photos of him on Twitter as they work through their grief on this sad, sad day.

Strothman won 13 regional Emmy awards over the course of his career. His son, a photographer, also works at KOMO.

Pilot Gary Pfitzner was also killed in the crash. Our hearts are breaking for these families.

Mayor Murray says the Space Needle and Monorail are closed—please stay away from the surrounding area if you don't have to be there.

UPDATE: You can watch KOMO News Live for more information as it happens.

UPDATE: The 38-year old man who was in his car when the helicopter fell on it has burns over 15-20% of his body, and is currently in the ICU, awaiting surgery.

UPDATE: Michael Harthorne, KOMO reporter, took these photos from his window at KOMO HQ this morning.

Absolute tragedy.

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  • Michael Harthorne/KOMO News

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