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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Close to home: Jeremiah Costello

The following statement was released by Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn's office at the request of the family of Army SPC Jeremiah Costello:

Army Specialist E-4 Jeremiah "Jeremy" David Costello, 22, of Carlinville was killed Saturday, June 2, 2007 in Iraq when the truck he was driving was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

SPC Costello was born in Jerseyville and grew up in Carlinville, where he attended Carlinville High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in July 2005, trained at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and was stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas, where he was assigned to the Army's 5-82 Field Artillery, 4-1 Cavalry, 25th Infantry Division. His unit was deployed to Iraq in November 2006.

A music lover and ardent Cubs fan, SPC Costello enjoyed playing basketball and shooting pool.

"He could light up a room when he walked in," said his mother, Debbie Costello, of Bunker Hill.

SPC Costello had always hoped for a career in law enforcement. His two older brothers, Darrell and Joel, had enlisted in the military, and SPC Costello thought following in their footsteps would help him to pursue his long-term career goals and also would help him to provide for his daughter, who is 4 years old.

SPC Costello is survived by his mother, his daughter, his two brothers, his grandmother, Amelia Burger of Greenfield, and his grandfather and step-grandmother, Donald and Mary Jane Wilson of Hamburg. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Via SJR breaking news. See also, Flickr photo.

My heart is breaking for his family. Especially his mom. And his little girl.

Carlinville is about 40 miles south of here.

Posted by Marie at June 5, 2007 11:45 PM