Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili awarded the rescuers and first aid responders who died in the helicopter crash near Gudauri with the Medal for Civic Dedication, President’s administration reported on Tuesday.
The public funeral is ongoing at the Sameba (Holy Trinity) Cathedral in Tbilisi. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the pilots of the border police and the rescuers of the emergency service will be buried with military honour at family cemeteries.
The rescue helicopter, which had been called to assist paragliders, lost control and crashed in a ravine on July 29. All eight people on board, the crew, rescuers, and first aid responders died in the crash.