Air Force Master Sgt. Harold Dean Raines, 41, an avionics navigational equipment technician and a member of the ground crew of Air Force One, died Monday at Malcolm Grow Medical Center of injuries suffered in an accident that day at his home at Andrews Air Force Base.
An Air Force spokesman said the sergeant died at the base hospital after a pickup truck he was repairing rolled off its portable stands and fell on him. a
Sgt. Raines was born in Union County, Miss. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1961 and served in Vietnam, Iceland and Orlando, Fla., before transferring to Andrews in 1967 as a radar technician with the 89th Operational Maintenance Squadron, the crew responsible for the presidential jet, Air Force One.
He also worked part time as a referee for football, basketball, softball and volleyball games at Andrews.
Sgt. Raines attended Florida Technological University in Orlando, a division of the University of Maryland in Iceland, and Prince George's Community College, where he was completing work for a business degree.
He was a member of the board of deacons of the Evangel Assembly church in Camp Springs.
Survivors include his wife, Genendal, and three daughters, Lisa, Pam and Julie, all of the home at Andrews AFB; his parents, Hunter and Maxine Raines, and four sisters, Marion Smith, Norma Jean Love, Sandra Cook and Brenda Williams, and two brothers, William and David Raines, all of New Albany, Miss.