Icy conditions contributed to airman's death

Posted: Thursday, November 28, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- An Eielson Air Force Base airman on patrol was killed when he slipped on the ice and was struck by vehicle on the base flight line.

Jacob C. Partridge, 21, a senior airman with the 354th Security Forces Squadron, was on a routine patrol with another airman Tuesday evening. He left his vehicle to speak to two other people on patrol approaching in another vehicle, said base spokeswoman Maj. Valerie Trefts.

While walking toward the truck, Partridge slipped on the ice and was struck by the slow-moving vehicle, Trefts said.

''As soon as they realized they had run over him, they stopped the vehicle immediately,'' Trefts said.

Emergency response teams spent 45 minutes trying to revive Partridge.

The Air National Guard 210th Rescue Squadron was called to airlift Partridge, but he was pronounced dead on the scene by base medical authorities. A safety investigation board will look into the exact cause of Partridge's death.

Partridge, a Seattle native, had been stationed at Eielson since September 2000.



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