Fort Jackson trainee who died after being found unresponsive in barracks identified
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - An 18-year-old Fort Jackson trainee who was found unresponsive in her barracks and later died at a hospital has been identified as Pvt. Danielle A. Shields, 18, of Decatur, Georgia, according to Fort Jackson officials.
Shields, from the 2nd Battalion, 13th Infantry Regiment, was taken to the hospital after being found unresponsive on October 7. Emergency personnel performed life-saving measures but she was pronounced dead at 11 p.m.
“This is a very hard time for all who knew Danielle and we continue to provide comfort to her teammates,” said Fort Jackson Commander Brig. Gen. Jason E. Kelly. “Chaplains and other medical professionals are helping those who are in need.”
Since the death was unrelated to COVID-19 or an active field training exercise, officials are conducting an investigation into the cause of death.
“A loss of a teammate is never easy,” said Fort Jackson Commander Brig. Gen. Jason E. Kelly. “We extend our deepest sympathies to her family, friends and loved ones. We are providing comfort and assistance to everyone who knew her.”
This story is developing and will be updated as more information becomes available.
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