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Fort Bragg paratrooper dies after auto wreck

Posted August 2, 2010

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— A paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg has died from injuries he suffered in a car wreck, the U.S. Army announced Monday.

Pfc. Ryan C. Heffernan, 19, of Camp Hill, Penn., was an infantryman with 1st Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team.

He died Sunday in Harrisburg, officials said.

Heffernan joined the Army in September 2009 and reported to the 82nd Airborne in March 2010. He was assigned to the 1st Squadron., 73rd Cavalry Regiment in April 2010.

In his Army career, Heffernan had received several awards and decorations, including the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon and the Parachutist Badge.

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  • turkeydance Aug 2, 2010

    in 2004...i heard/read/saw statistics about Iraq/Afghanistan
    US troop deaths vs. troop deaths stateside. stateside beat
    overseas by a lot. the point of the publication was: single
    males/females return with lots of cash and buy fast "whatevers"
    cars/motorcycles/etc. (these are death, not injury stats)

  • mamabearprotectinghercub Aug 2, 2010

    I am sorry also for the family, & this man that was protecting our country. The family is in my prayers.

  • Baybee Doll Aug 2, 2010

    So sorry for the young man and his family. May God help you through this difficult time.

  • mac240 Aug 2, 2010

    This is a terrible lost for the family and the US Army.

    Please people...wear your seatbelts!!!!!

  • cjimmyray414 Aug 2, 2010

    MR AN MRS HEFFERNAN, FAMILY VERY SORRY TO HEAR OF THE LOST OF YOUR BRAVE YOUNG MAN. GOD BLESS YOU ALL, JUST THINK HE IS IN SUCH A WONDERFUL PLACE NOW WHERE NO ONE CAN HURT HIM AND ALL IS GLORY./ CAROLYN