Skydivers parachute into funeral of Army skydiver


Team FastTrax and a solo member of the Army Golden Knights perform a tribute jump during the funeral service for Master Sgt. Corey Hood on Saturday in West Chester. Hood died Aug. 16 in a Chicago hospital of injuries suffered in an accident during a parachute stunt Aug. 15 at the Chicago Air & Water Show. The 32-year-old Army veteran served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and earned numerous awards, including two Bronze Stars. (Greg Lynch/The Journal-News via AP)

Team FastTrax and a solo member of the Army Golden Knights perform a tribute jump during the funeral service for Master Sgt. Corey Hood on Saturday in West Chester. Hood died Aug. 16 in a Chicago hospital of injuries suffered in an accident during a parachute stunt Aug. 15 at the Chicago Air & Water Show. The 32-year-old Army veteran served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and earned numerous awards, including two Bronze Stars. (Greg Lynch/The Journal-News via AP)


Members of the Army Golden Knights parachute team bring out the casket during funeral service for their team member Master Sgt. Corey Hood on Saturday in West Chester. Hood died Aug. 16 in a Chicago hospital of injuries suffered in an accident during a parachute stunt Aug. 15 at the Chicago Air & Water Show. The 32-year-old Army veteran served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and earned numerous awards, including two Bronze Stars. (Greg Lynch/The Journal-News via AP)

Members of the Army Golden Knights parachute team bring out the casket during funeral service for their team member Master Sgt. Corey Hood on Saturday in West Chester. Hood died Aug. 16 in a Chicago hospital of injuries suffered in an accident during a parachute stunt Aug. 15 at the Chicago Air & Water Show. The 32-year-old Army veteran served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and earned numerous awards, including two Bronze Stars. (Greg Lynch/The Journal-News via AP)


Carrie Mills, left, mother of Master Sgt. Corey Hood, stands with one of her daughters to look at photos on display, prior to the funeral service for her son Saturday in West Chester. Hood died Aug. 16 in a Chicago hospital of injuries suffered in an accident during a parachute stunt Aug. 15 at the Chicago Air & Water Show. The 32-year-old Army veteran served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and earned numerous awards, including two Bronze Stars. (Greg Lynch/The Journal-News via AP)


CINCINNATI (AP) — A solo Army Golden Knight parachutist honored a comrade’s dream by landing on the high school football field where hundreds of mourners gathered for his funeral Saturday, a week after he was involved in a deadly accident at a Chicago air show.

The military skydiver, joined by a team of professionals, fulfilled the wish of U.S. Army Master Sgt. Corey Hood, who had long wanted to parachute on to the field where he played as a youth, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

“He was highly competitive and didn’t want to lose at anything,” Larry Cox, his high school football coach, told the hundreds of mourners who gathered in the stands at Lakota West High School. “I think it correlated with why he became such a great soldier.”

Hood, 32, died Aug. 16, a day after colliding with another parachutist before during a jump at the Chicago Air and Water Show.

Before joining the Golden Knights, the army’s elite parachute performance team, Hood served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Highly decorated, he was awarded two Bronze Stars for heroism.

“Corey would run toward gunfire, not away from it,” childhood friend Adam Price told mourners.

Hood rose quickly through the ranks and made sergeant first class at a young age. The Army on Monday posthumously promoted him to master sergeant.

Hood was buried during a private ceremony after the funeral.

Team FastTrax and a solo member of the Army Golden Knights perform a tribute jump during the funeral service for Master Sgt. Corey Hood on Saturday in West Chester. Hood died Aug. 16 in a Chicago hospital of injuries suffered in an accident during a parachute stunt Aug. 15 at the Chicago Air & Water Show. The 32-year-old Army veteran served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and earned numerous awards, including two Bronze Stars. (Greg Lynch/The Journal-News via AP)
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2015/08/web1_105382250-da700c7748724c6c8672b099b83ab1943.jpgTeam FastTrax and a solo member of the Army Golden Knights perform a tribute jump during the funeral service for Master Sgt. Corey Hood on Saturday in West Chester. Hood died Aug. 16 in a Chicago hospital of injuries suffered in an accident during a parachute stunt Aug. 15 at the Chicago Air & Water Show. The 32-year-old Army veteran served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and earned numerous awards, including two Bronze Stars. (Greg Lynch/The Journal-News via AP)
Members of the Army Golden Knights parachute team bring out the casket during funeral service for their team member Master Sgt. Corey Hood on Saturday in West Chester. Hood died Aug. 16 in a Chicago hospital of injuries suffered in an accident during a parachute stunt Aug. 15 at the Chicago Air & Water Show. The 32-year-old Army veteran served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and earned numerous awards, including two Bronze Stars. (Greg Lynch/The Journal-News via AP)
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2015/08/web1_105382250-f5c8fdaff61e43cd9e88e8c1a1e3585a3.jpgMembers of the Army Golden Knights parachute team bring out the casket during funeral service for their team member Master Sgt. Corey Hood on Saturday in West Chester. Hood died Aug. 16 in a Chicago hospital of injuries suffered in an accident during a parachute stunt Aug. 15 at the Chicago Air & Water Show. The 32-year-old Army veteran served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and earned numerous awards, including two Bronze Stars. (Greg Lynch/The Journal-News via AP)
Carrie Mills, left, mother of Master Sgt. Corey Hood, stands with one of her daughters to look at photos on display, prior to the funeral service for her son Saturday in West Chester. Hood died Aug. 16 in a Chicago hospital of injuries suffered in an accident during a parachute stunt Aug. 15 at the Chicago Air & Water Show. The 32-year-old Army veteran served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and earned numerous awards, including two Bronze Stars. (Greg Lynch/The Journal-News via AP)
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2015/08/web1_105382250-7769d5a8f04741289939ea794f647d0d3.jpgCarrie Mills, left, mother of Master Sgt. Corey Hood, stands with one of her daughters to look at photos on display, prior to the funeral service for her son Saturday in West Chester. Hood died Aug. 16 in a Chicago hospital of injuries suffered in an accident during a parachute stunt Aug. 15 at the Chicago Air & Water Show. The 32-year-old Army veteran served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and earned numerous awards, including two Bronze Stars. (Greg Lynch/The Journal-News via AP)

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