ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The last of the four Bernalillo County first responders killed in a helicopter crash was laid to rest Wednesday. Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Levison was honored at The Pit Wednesday morning.

The community gathered to pay their respects to Levison. Sheriff Manny Gonzales talked about how positive and driven Levison was and how his kindness will be missed by colleagues. “He had hundreds and hundreds of hours of training trying to better himself and trying to be the best Michael that he could be. He was a crisis negotiator, a field training officer, an emergency response team leader, and a tactical flight officer,” Gonzales says, “Michael served with all his heart, mind, and soul. And anybody that wants to do this job correctly and greatly – follow Michael’s lead.”

Levison’s parents, significant other, and family friends all spoke at the service; remembering the impact he had on each of their lives. “I’m overjoyed at everything Michael aspired to be. I will miss my baby,” says Suzanne Pineda-Levison, Michael’s mother, “It brings me great pride to know that Michael was in wonderful company.”

“No matter how busy Michael was, he would always have time to call me every day or every other day,” remembers his father, Danny Levison, “I can still hear Michael, his voice. His loving voice.”

“Michael was always referred to in any group as the best of us,” says Deputy Phil Levison, Michael’s brother. He spoke about Michael’s achievements, including his more than ten years serving in the New Mexico Air National Guard volunteering for missions both here and abroad – deploying to the Middle East for nine months before returning to work for the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office.

“When his life ended, mine stopped as everybody else’s. I stand here with my heart broken, my mind clouded, and my world upside down. I realize that life is what you make of it. My son taught me that,” his father says.

“We will think of you always. Hear you in every siren. See you in every flash of red and blue light. Until we see you again Michael: go with God. Your work here is done,” says his brother, “To the brave crew of Metro 2: you can step back from the line. We’ll take it from here. Your service and the legacy you left behind will never be forgotten. For you my brother, we are extremely proud of you all.”

He is being laid to rest at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.

Levison was one of four men killed in the helicopter crash in Las Vegas, New Mexico on July 16. The helicopter and its crew were headed back to Albuquerque after assisting fire crews with the East Mesa Fire. BCSO frequently uses its helicopter to provide aerial firefighting and other assistance across New Mexico, particularly this fire season.

BCSO Undersheriff Larry Koren, Lieutenant Fred Beers, and from Bernalillo County Fire Rescue, Rescue Specialist Matthew King also died in the crash. Funeral services have already been held over the last week for BCSO Lieutenant Fred Beers, Undersheriff Larry Koren and Bernalillo County Fire Department Lieutenant Matthew King.