September 16, 2013

Jerome Baker - U.S. Military

Sgt. 1st Class Jerome W. Baker, age 29, of Riverdale, Illinois, died in the line of duty on September 13, 2013, at Fort Custer in Augusta, Michigan.

Jerome was a member of the Illinois National Guard. He had 11 years of service.

Jerome was undergoing physical fitness training during a military education course. He was running a two mile trek when he felt ill and sat down. His comrades realized that he needed help and called 911. He was en route to Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan, when sadly he passed away.

National Guard officials stated that Jerome had a reputation as an intelligent noncommissioned officer and mentor. He was well-respected and admired by his fellow soldiers, subordinates and leaders.

Colleagues stated that Jerome was a role model who worked hard to provide for his four young daughters.

He is also described as focused and knowledgeable. He could work in all sorts of situations. His death is a huge loss to his comrades.

Friends stated that he wanted to be a good leader and a great father to his children.
Jesus, pray for Jerome
Many young black men in his unit looked to him as a mentor and role model.

Jerome had completed two tours of duty in Germany. 

Jerome had a passion for rap music and liked to perform and shoot rap videos. 

Jerome is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his mother, Denise; and his four daughters.

Thank you for serving, Jerome. 

Pray for all who die in the performance of their duties.  Amen.

Pray that Jerome is in heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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