• Tue. Dec 6th, 2022

Father-of-4, NC State alum remembered for “incredible energy,” “smiles” after fatal North Carolina helicopter crash

CHARLOTTE, NC (WNCN/AP) — Jason Myers wasn’t just a weather forecaster for a television network — he was a father of four who graduated from North Carolina State University and married his childhood friend.

Myers was a board-certified chief meteorologist for more than 19 years, after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology with a concentration in communications from NC State.

CBS 17 obtained Myers’ earlier resume, which also showed his lifetime achievements, such as: B. A Seal of Approval from the American Meteorological Society and spokesperson for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Dream Home Giveaway.

Myers fatally crashed Tuesday along with pilot Chip Tayag on Interstate 77 in Charlotte.

The accident happened around noon Tuesday and kept at least one lane closed through mid-morning the next day, CBS 17 previously reported.

The Associated Press reported Tuesday that Myers grew up in Union and Catawba counties, North Carolina. He also worked in Raleigh for the Federal Aviation Administration from 2003-04 for the National Weather Service and Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Myers was a certified weather observer for the National Weather Service, observing and transmitting hourly METAR or observations of current surface weather reports for RDU and alerting control tower/pilots of impending severe weather.

After his time at Raleigh, Myers took his talents to Texas, Virginia and Kentucky before moving to Charlotte.

Myers grew up in Charlotte, where he met his now-wife Jillian, and the two eventually had four children, multiple sources confirm.

“Jason Myers – I could go on like this. He walked through this newsroom with incredible energy and a smile, just taking care of everyone here,” WBTV host Jamie Boll told the AP.

Boll also said he saw Tayag around 11 a.m. Tuesday morning as he was preparing to pick up Myers for her assignment that day, the AP reported.

“That smile you see … that’s two people,” Boll said from the anchor desk during a live newscast.

A GoFundMe page was created by Myers’ brother-in-law to help with funeral and memorial expenses.

The GoFundMe page says Myers’ visit will be at Carmel Baptist Church in Matthews on Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. A funeral will be held at the same site at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Editor’s note: The Associated Press contributed the citations in this article.