Ross Allens final communication with his family was a text at 3:50 p.m. to son Gabriel about junking an old car.
Ten minutes later, Allan and Palmieri crashed.
Even though Allan didnt die in the line of duty or aboard a department helicopter, hell receive full department honors during ceremonies, including a helicopter flyby and bagpipers, on Friday.
Visitation for begins at 8 a.m. Friday at Memorial Plan Kendall, 7355 SW 117th Ave., followed by funeral services at 11 a.m.
Tributes continue at 2 p.m. at the firefighters union hall in Doral: 8100 NW 21st St.
Palmieris fellow Coasties took to social media after word of his death reached them.
Angel L. Martinez, now in federal law enforcement, met Palmieri at the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Miami in the 1980s, and they remained friends.
Palmieri retired from the Coast Guard as a chief aviation mechanical technician in 2001.
In an online tribute, Martinez called Palmieri a man of his word, and one of the most industrious, driven, hardest working, self-starting persons to have ever walked the hangar decks of the busiest air-and-sea rescue unit in the world.
He knew what he wanted and went for it, always pulled more than his weight, never backed out of any task, even if he could have, because of dangerous weather conditions.
Not even a near-fatal crash two years ago could deter him, Martinez said.
I asked if he was skittish after that, and he wasnt.
Florida Powerboat Club president Stu Jones wrote about that incident on the clubs website, where he noted that Palmieri provided the choppers used in filming the clubs poker runs and the Powerboating in Paradise TV series.
Palmieri also flew rescue crews for the club.
Mark has always been an outstanding pilot, focusing on safety and abiding by all FAA rules and regulations at all times, Jones wrote.
He described a strangely related incident just two years ago, during which Palmieri survived a high-speed crash in the Everglades in a Robinson R-44, a small helicopter that can cost up to $500,000.
Badly injured, he was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospitals Ryder Trauma Center in a Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Bell 412 the same kind of helicopter that Ross Allan maintained.
Palmieri is survived by longtime companion Carol Makin, who lived with him in Homestead, father Elvio in Chicago, mother Dorinne and sister Andrea near Orlando, and Makins son, Kyle.
Services for Palmieri were held Wednesday. He was buried with full military honors at Mount Peach Cemetery, St. Cloud.