Commander: 'We are truly saddened to lose a member of our Army F - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Commander: 'We are truly saddened to lose a member of our Army Family'

Posted: Updated:
  • More newsMore>>

  • Teacher hit by train expected to make full recovery

    Teacher hit by train expected to make full recovery

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 12:53 AM EDT2014-07-29 04:53:08 GMT
    Officials at the Smiths Station Fire Department say the victim, later identified as Vivian Martin, was transported to Midtown Medical Center with what appeared to be non life-threatening injuries.More >>
    Multiple sources tell News Leader 9 that a Smiths Station teacher was hit by a train earlier today in Lee County.

    Officials at the Smiths Station Fire Department say the victim, later identified as Vivian Martin, was transported to Midtown Medical Center with what appeared to be non life-threatening injuries.
    More >>
  • Foul play not ruled out in fatal Wilcox County blaze

    Foul play not ruled out in fatal Wilcox Co. blaze

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 12:23 AM EDT2014-07-29 04:23:03 GMT
    Mable Davis could do nothing but watch as flames devoured the home across the street, where her sister, Patricia Nickelson had been staying with her long time boyfriend. He got out of the burning houseMore >>
    Multiple calls and email to the WSFA 12 Newsroom took our news crews to the town of Camden. Two recent deadly fires there have many in the community on edge. The families of the victims want answers.  Are the fires related?  Do authorities suspect arson? WSFA took their questions to county and state officials.
    More >>
  • Committee selects new Houston County Sheriff candidate

    Committee selects new Houston County Sheriff candidate

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:44 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:44:08 GMT
    (Source: WSFA 12 News)(Source: WSFA 12 News)
    The Houston County Republican Executive Committee agreed on a replacement for outgoing Sheriff Andy Hughes on Monday. Current Houston County Chief Deputy Donald Valenza will replace HughesMore >>
    The Houston County Republican Executive Committee agreed on a replacement for outgoing Sheriff Andy Hughes on Monday.More >>
FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) -

Fort Benning officials confirm that Airborne student Mario Jekov, 19, died in a parachute training accident on Oct. 1 at approximately 2:15 p.m. on Fryar Drop Zone.

The accident occurred during the third week of Airborne School.

Jekov was immediately evacuated by Life Flight to Columbus Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased. 

Jekov was born in the Dominican Republic. According to a press release, he entered the Army in March at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. He then went to Ft. Jackson, S.C., for basic training and completed advanced training at Ft. Lee, Va. Jekov arrived at Ft. Benning for basic Airborne School in September.

 "This is a tragic loss," said Col. Kyle E. Lear, commander of the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade, in a press release.  "Since Pvt. Jekov came into the Army, this young Soldier showed dedication and selfless service, as evidenced in the many courses he successfully completed in such a short time. We are truly saddened to lose a member of our Army Family and a Soldier with such potential."

The accident is under investigation.

Copyright 2013 WTVM. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow