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Summerville, SC Navy JROTC cadets save woman’s life


“Squared away” is how Jim Woods, father of Jennings Woods, referred to the group of Navy JROTCs (Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps) after they saved the life of a young woman during an end-of-the-year gathering over the weekend.

Sometime during the outing at Givhans Ferry State Park, about 25 miles from Summerville,  a few of the students noticed a distressed youngster outside the park’s bathroom facilities.  Instead of walking by, the students asked the boy, age 6, if everything was ok.  Crying, the child said his mommy was in the bathroom and wouldn’t come out.  Alexis Smith, one of the JROTC students, said, “Something just wasn’t right about it.”

When they entered the ladies room, the child’s mom was found on the bathroom floor, unresponsive, with a needle in her hand. That’s when the team jumped into action.

According to today’s Summerville Journal Scene, Smith told another cadet, Caitlin Fusco to dial 9-1-1 while Smith removed the child from the immediate area. Grant Hatcher felt for a pulse on the unconscious woman and without forethought for his own health and well-being, began chest compressions and later began rescue breathing.   Two other cadets, Wyatt Miller and later Makenzie Hydrick both assisted with CPR measures until the woman was able to breathe on her own.

Deputies from Dorchester County Sheriff’s Department responded to the 9-1-1 call.  An incident report filed later indicated the woman had overdosed on heroin.  Follow-on care was not mentioned nor was care and custody of the boy.

Capt. Jerry Hupp, Summerville High School Naval Science Instructor praised the cadets for their quick actions and for not giving up on the patient.  The unidentified woman is from Cottageville which is some 14 miles from the state park.

Fort Bragg Soldier stationed in Kosovo dies of non-combat related incident


Late yesterday, the Department of Defense announced the death of a Fort Bragg Soldier who was supporting Operation Joint Guardian in Kosovo.

Staff Sgt. Conrad A. Robinson, 36, of Los Angeles, California, died May 24, 2018, at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, from a non-combat related incident. The incident is under investigation by the U.S. military.

SSG Robinson was assigned to the 155th Medical Detachment, 261st Medical Battalion, 44th Medical Brigade at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

His is the second death of a soldier deployed to Camp Bondsteel this year. Spc. Robert Jones, 21, a military dog handler died there in January.

The NATO mission in Kosovo began in 1999, following a campaign of allied airstrikes to halt a humanitarian crisis and restore stability in the region. Several hundred U.S. troops continue to take part in the peacekeeping mission there each year. Camp Bondsteel is the main base of the United States Army under the Kosovo Force command.  The base is named after Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipient United States Army Staff Sergeant James L. Bondsteel.

Additional information regarding SSG Robinson is available to media sources by contacting Capt. Jason Sweeney at or Maj. Ellis Gales, at 314-922-0191 or

JB Elmendorf-Richardson Soldier killed by small arms fire in Afghanistan

This afternoon, the Department of Defense announced the death of a Soldier who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan.

Spc. Gabriel D. Conde, 22, of Loveland, Colorado, was killed in action April 30, 2018, as a result of small arms fire by enemy forces in Tagab District, Afghanistan. The incident is under investigation.  At least one other Soldier was injured in the same firefight.

Stars and Stripes had this to say about the injured Soldier: 

“That soldier was reported in stable condition at Bagram Air Field following the battle and was expected to survive his injuries. Several Afghan troops were also killed or injured in the attack, officials with the U.S.-led NATO coalition in Afghanistan said Monday.”

The Pentagon said that Spc. Conde was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

For more information, media may contact Lt. Col. Martyn Crighton at or 907-384-1542 or Mr. John Pennell at or 907-384-2072, U.S. Army Alaska Public Affairs.

The last Pentagon reported deaths were those of seven Airmen who perished when their HH-60 Pave helicopter went down in western Iraq, March, 2018.  Killed in the crash were Captain Mark K. Weber, 29, of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Captain Andreas B. O’Keeffe, 37, of Center Moriches, New York; Captain Christopher T. Zanetis, 37, of Long Island City, New York; Master Sergeant Christopher J. Raguso, 39, of Commack, New York; Staff Sergeant Dashan J. Briggs, 30, of Port Jefferson Station, New York;  Master Sergeant William R. Posch, 36, of Indialantic, Florida and Staff Sergeant Carl P. Enis, 31, of Tallahassee, Florida.

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