Airman from New Kensington dies at Arizona base
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A New Kensington native stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz., died Thursday, according to a spokesperson for the base. The cause of death was still under investigation this morning.
Senior Airman David J. Randolph, 22, was found dead in his dormitory about 8:30 a.m. Thursday, according to an Air Force press release.
Dr. Gregory Hess, chief medical examiner for Pima County, Ariz., said the cause of death was still pending, while he waited for the results of toxicology and histology tests, which take about 4 weeks.
Until then, he said he could not conclude whether Mr. Randolph had died of natural causes or a drug overdose. Mr. Randolph suffered no trauma, he added.
Mr. Randolph served in Iraq in 2011, receiving the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal for his service, the press release said.
Before his deployment, he had been stationed at Davis-Monthan since February 2010, where he worked as a response force leader with the 355th Security Forces Squadron.
"The Desert Lightning Team mourns the loss of SrA Randolph," Col. James Meger, the 355th Fighter Wing commander, said in the press release. "We have lost a member of our Air Force family, and as we all grieve, the base will continue to offer our support and condolence to those mourning the loss of David."
First Published July 9, 2012 12:03 am