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Estacada Army Soldier Killed in Iraq (AUDIO)

This is not the first soldier named Jeremy Loveless to die since the beginning of hostilities. Army Guard Spc. Jeremy Loveless died at Fort Benning in 2003 after being called up for Iraqi Freedom duty.

Jeremy was a volunteer with Estacada Fire
Photo Courtesy: Estacada Fire

(ESTACADA) - A U.S. Army field medic from Estacada, Jeremy Loveless, has been killed in Iraq near Mosul, a family member said Tuesday.

Loveless, 25, had held different jobs in the Estacada area and was training to become a paramedic in civilian life, said his mother-in-law, Bev Vetey.

Loveless leaves a wife, Melissa, and a daughter, Chloe, 4.

Vetey said there were few details Tuesday morning but that Army representatives were to meet with the family later in the day. She said her daughter was notified over the weekend.

"He was killed near Mosul, that's all we really know right now," she said. She said she did not yet know for sure when.

An Army spokeswoman at Fort Lewis, Wash., said Loveless had been assigned to Fort Richardson near Anchorage, Alaska.

Vetey said Loveless had been in the Army for about two years.

Loveless was a volunteer firefighter for the Estacada Fire Department. Department member Steve Fritz said Loveless joined the Army to get medical training.

Fritz says the firefighters at the department had just sent Loveless a care package, but that he was killed before receiving it.

Loveless was the 61st person from Oregon or with close Oregon ties to die in Iraq or Afghanistan.


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