NUNDA — A GoFund.me page has been set up in Ryan Altmeter, 34, a Keshequa school teacher who died tragically in a hot air balloon accident Saturday evening.
Currently, the fund has reached over $7,000 worth of donations to help Altmeter’s family, and has a final goal of $10,000. During a routine balloon landing on Saturday, the balloon that Altmeter was holding by a rope was caught by a gust of wind and took flight. After climbing to about 100 feet, Altmeter fell.
“Doing what he loved, working on a balloon crew, Ryan lost his life leaving behind his loving family, wife Sarah and three beautiful children Noah, Maggie and Sophia,” says the page. “Anyone who knew Ryan knew that he was a selfless man who would do anything to help those around him.”
If you would like to donate or learn more about the family, please visit their page here.
The page, created by Ted Phillips and entitled ‘Sarah Almeter and Kids,’ calls Altmeter ‘a loving Son, Brother, Husband, Father and Great friend to many.’
Phillips continues in the fund’s description, “Please join with us to help Sarah and the kids get through this devastating time without the added stress that money adds to this already painful time in her life. We don’t expect this to send her kids through college but more to just help ease the bumps in the road of life. On behalf of all the Almeter and Phillips families, thank you.”