One of the parachutists seriously injured during Saturday's Chicago Air & Water Show is a West Chester native and Lakota West graduate has died, FOX19 NOW confirmed.
Sergeant Corey Hood, 32, was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and was in critical condition on Saturday, according to the Associated Press. Hood, a member of the United States Army Golden Knights, was performing a stunt called a "bomb burst" Golden Knights spokeswoman, Donna Dixon, told WMAQ-TV.
During the stunt, Dixon said the parachutists collided. Witnesses told first responders that at least one of the parachutists hit a building in the lakefront district, according to the AP.
Family members have confirmed Hood is from West Chester and attended Lakota West High School. Hood was a standout wrestler for the Firebirds and also played baseball when he was younger.
As a Sergeant First Class, Hood enlisted in the army more than ten years ago and served in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to his bio on the Golden Knight's website. He has been awarded two Bronze Stars, two Meritorious Service Medals, five Army Commendation Medals, five Army Achievement Medals, a Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge and a Combat Action Badge.
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