August 17, 2015

Corey Hood - U.S. soldier killed in tragic skydiving accident in Chicago

Corey Hood
Sergeant First Class Corey Hood, age 32, died on August 16, 2015, during a skydiving jump at an air show in Chicago, Illinois

At the air show, the Army Golden Knights and Navy Leap Frogs parachute teams were putting on an exhibition of skydiving. During the jump, Sergeant Hood, who was a member of the Golden Knights team, collided with another parachutist and was knocked unconscious. He struck the roof of a highrise building and then fell to the ground. 

Corey was rushed to a nearby hospital where tragically he succumbed to his injuries. 

The other parachutist managed to land safely and was treated for a broken leg. 

In 2001, Corey graduated from Lakota West High School in West Chester Township in Ohio.  During his high school years, Corey participated in wrestling and football. 

Corey enlisted in the Army more than 10 years ago and had served as a Forward Observer, Team Chief, Platoon Sergeant, and an Airborne Instructor. He began parachuting in 2010. 

Corey had served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was awarded numerous decorations during his military career including two Bronze Stars. 
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Corey enjoyed watching sports, riding motorcycles, skydiving and spending time with his family.

Corey's military comrades are in mourning over the death of their brother. They are shaken by the tragic circumstances of this accident. He will be forever remembered. 

Friends describe Corey as a hero with a lot of grit and determination.

Corey's loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He was a loving and helpful man who did his best. They are extremely proud of Corey. He will be forever mourned.

Corey is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his wife Lyndsay.

Thank you for serving, Corey. 

Pray for all who die by misadventure. They are with us one moment and are gone before we can say goodbye.

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

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