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Raleigh soldier dies during training in S.C.

Posted October 27, 2008 4:55 p.m. EDT
Updated October 27, 2008 8:38 p.m. EDT

— A soldier from Raleigh died Saturday shortly after collapsing while taking the Army Physical Fitness Test at Fort Jackson.

Pvt. Andrea D. Rosser, 21, was running with her drill sergeant during the two-mile run portion of the fitness test. She had been running for about 20 minutes and began to show signs of physical distress, officials said.

When paramedics arrived, Rosser was able to sit up and was conscious, officials said. The paramedics immediately began evaluating and treating her, and at some point, she became unresponsive and stopped breathing, officials said.

The paramedics began performing CPR, and she was evacuated to Providence Main Hospital in Columbia, where she died.

The Army is investigating her death.

Rosser was in her ninth week of training with Company D, 3rd Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment and was scheduled to graduate Friday. The battalion is a basic-training unit for the Army.