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Pittsboro man dies after Tennessee march

Posted May 3, 2012

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— A Pittsboro man who was a cadet in Appalachian State University's ROTC program died Wednesday due to complications from dehydration, university and ROTC officials said Thursday.

Christopher Hasbrouck participated in the Mountain Man Memorial March, a marathon-length march or run through the Smoky Mountains to honor fallen soldiers, on April 20 in Gatlinburg, Tenn., according to Lt. Danny Kelley, spokesman for ROTC at the University of Tennessee.

Hasbrouck was overcome by the heat and became dehydrated, Kelley said. He was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, where he died Wednesday.  

The UT ROTC and American Legion held a ceremony in his honor Thursday, Kelley said.

Appalachian State is holding a memorial on campus Friday.

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  • Redleader2base May 4, 2012

    I am a certified paramedic, licensed Registered Nurse, and an ex soldier and yet I don't feel half as qualified as the people here who can diagnose from their keyboards the exact cause and who is responsible for this tragedy. I wouldn't trade 20 of you keyboard commandos for this young man. R.I.P Cadet.

  • piene2 May 4, 2012

    "The young man is from a fine family, he was in good health. His father is a friend and he is a medical professional. The young man was tough and seeming became too physically stressed without realizing it or complaining until he was in trouble. Unfortunately these types of thermologic emergencies occur in strong, healthy young people.
    weo"

    Good grief, a sensible statement in a sea of imbecility. Will wonders never cease?

  • weo May 4, 2012

    The young man is from a fine family, he was in good health. His father is a friend and he is a medical professional. The young man was tough and seeming became too physically stressed without realizing it or complaining until he was in trouble. Unfortunately these types of thermologic emergencies occur in strong, healthy young people.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 May 4, 2012

    Was this young man in good health before he started?

  • atheistswillserveinhell May 4, 2012

    same mindless people on here with NO life making the same types of ignorant comments about things they know NOTHING about.

    Glad I am not a moderator on this site. I am still looking for a news site where they do not allow these things

  • FE May 4, 2012

    Some of the comments here are absolutely incredible.

    The Mountain Man Memorial March has existed for several years. It is operated to honor a UT soldier killed in Iraq. A VERY large number of the participants are current military (including ROTC) members, as shown in the picture here: http://www.insidegatlinburg.com/what-to-do/mountain-man-memorial-march/

    Cadet Hanbrouck had chosen to participate in ROTC training while in college, with a goal of graduating as a commissioned officer. He was likely no stranger to rigorous training.

    Those folks who know little about the situation should best be quiet and honor the young man for the courage and direction he showed. Sometimes unfortunate accidents can occur, and as noted by others proper hydration is an issue of great importance.

    Save the lawsuit talks for later, and instead offer consolations to his family members and honor his very brief service to our country.

    FE

  • tgentry1005 May 4, 2012

    WRAL your headline is very misleading. This poor guy died from heat stroke and the fact it was in Tennessee should have had nothing to do with the story headline.

  • fayncmike May 4, 2012

    "Well, If I were the parent of the lad I would be suing the pants off the college. Hot Suit + Hot Day = Sweat like a pig.

    If they still have not gotten the idea that the body needs water - then they need to be sued into oblivion.

    Just that simple. Someone made the decision to keep going without a break, and that someone needs to be strung up.
    TheAdmiral"

    piene2 said it best.

    "It must be wonderful to be so all knowing. How do you know he even had to be offered water? How do you know he wasn't carrying water? How do you know he simply did not drink enough water? How do you know anything at all from that short story other then a young man has died and that is the thrust of the story, not a bunch of mindless speculation."

    Is that so hard to grasp?

  • fayncmike May 3, 2012

    I myself wear a hydration pack and find it very useful. There are lots of styles for every application and they're not at all expensive. I see lots of people wearing them at the drop zone.

  • piene2 May 3, 2012

    It must be wonderful to be so all knowing. How do you know he even had to be offered water? How do you know he wasn't carrying water? How do you know he simply did not drink enough water? How do you know anything at all from that short story other then a young man has died and that is the thrust of the story, not a bunch of mindless speculation.

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