Sgt. 1st Class Bradley Keys, of Inman, SC. (U.S. Army Special operations Command)
FORT BRAGG, NC (AP/FOX Carolina) -
A U.S. Special Forces soldier originally from Inman died during a training exercise in Arizona last week.
Sgt. 1st Class Bradley Keys died Dec. 13 from injuries sustained during a military free fall training event in Eloy, AZ, according to a release on the U.S. Army's website. He was based at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.
Keys had been deployed two times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is survived by his wife, son and parents. He was assigned to Headquarters, U.S. Army Special Forces Command (Airborne) and was a Special Forces Engineer Sergeant.
Keys was a 1998 graduate from Chapman High School where he played baseball.
"Brad was on my JV baseball team. He was just a joy to be around," said Coach Kevin Carr. "It was a privilege to be his coach. It's a sad day for the Chapman Panthers but a day we can stand proud and know he was one of us. He is such a good example for our students, his faithful dedication to our country, family and friends will never be forgotten."
"Today our hearts are heavy as we remember one of our own that passed away selflessly serving our country," said Stephanie W. Mathis, Principal of Chapman High School. "Brad is a tremendous example of what it means to be a Chapman Panther and a student of Spartanburg School District One. We will remember him with pride and faithfully keep his family and friends in our prayers."
According to a report by the Associated Press, the skydiving accident happened near the Eloy airport.
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