Doleac’s Brother Shot Down In Iraq

While the Heat was preparing for a critical road game against the Cavaliers on Thursday in Cleveland, center Michael Doleac was receiving some startling news about his younger brother.

Army 2nd Lt. Kenneth Doleac, 25, was piloting a Black Hawk helicopter just south of Baghdad that was shot down. Doleac survived, as did his fellow troops in the helicopter, but it still shocked the Heat center and his family.

”From what I’ve heard from him, it was he and another helicopter flying,” Doleac said. “They got hit, it was just small arms fire, and they ended up going down. He was able to put it down. A couple of his guys got hit, but no one was injured seriously. He was able to put the helicopter down. The other Black Hawk that was with him wound up coming back in a couple of minutes and picking them all up.

“It wakes you up. You take for granted every day he’s over there flying. To hear that he got shot down was just nuts. Every time you hear a helicopter go down, it’s something bad.”

Miami Herald