KCBS-TV Los Angeles cameraman Larry Greene, who was killed Friday in a
helicopter crash in the Persian Gulf, was remembered as "a consummate pro who
loved taking on the tough assignments," KCBS general manager Don Corsini said.
"Larry established himself as one of the best and most-honored photojournalists
in the business. In addition to being a consummate pro who loved taking on the
tough assignments, Larry had a special gift for enlightening and frequently
entertaining his colleagues."
Greene was with KCBS 24 years.
Greene was killed when the Navy helicopter in which he was riding crashed
into a Syrian freighter, the Pentagon told reporters.
The station reported that Greene and four sailors were aboard a Navy SH-60B
Seahawk helicopter "when a rotor blade accidentally hit the mast of the ship,
sending the helicopter into the ocean, 80 miles off the Iranian coast." Four
sailors on board were injured. The accident is under investigation.
Sports anchor and Access Hollywood host Pat O'Brien said Greene was
one of his first cameramen, and he remembered him as "a camerman's cameraman. He
made me better as a reporter, he pushed me a little bit and we did a lot of
laughing, a lot of laughing."
KCBS reporter-producer Peggy Holter noted, "He always used to say,
ironically, 'A cameraman films his own death.' That was his idea of a funny exit
Greene is survived by a wife and two children. KCBS said the station will set
up a scholarship fund for Greene's children.