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Fort Jackson soldier dies preparing for training drill, officials say

An 18-year-old Army recruit at Fort Jackson died following a “medical emergency” before a training drill, according to an officials with the base.

Friday, the soldier-in-training showed distress while preparing to do outdoor physical training with his battalion, Fort Jackson spokesperson Patrick Jones said in a statement.

A statement by Fort Jackson Commander Brig. Gen. Milford H. Beagle, Jr. said the soldier “experienced a medical emergency.”

When the recruit showed signs of distress, Fort Jackson medical personnel immediately transported the soldier to Providence Hospital. He was pronounced dead shortly after 8:30 p.m.

Hospital staff said the death was not heat related, according to Jones.

Separate investigations will take place to determine the cause of death and the facts behind the incident, officials said.

The soldier’s name is being withheld while officials are notifying the next-of-kin. Beagle’s statement said the soldier was from central North Carolina.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our own. Our hearts and prayers are with the family members and team mates of the deceased soldier. We are providing every comfort and assistance that we can to all involved,” Beagle said Saturday afternoon.

About 3 p.m. Beagle released his full statement.

Check back as The State will update this story as we find more information.

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David Travis Bland won the South Carolina Press Association’s 2017 Judson Chapman Award for community journalism. As The State’s crime, police and public safety reporter, he strives to inform communities about crimes that affect them and give deeper insight into victims, the accused and law enforcement. He studied history with a focus on the American South at the University of South Carolina.