Officials have confirmed the body of Specialist Jeremy Tomlin, of Chapel Hill, has been returned to Tennessee.
Governor Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder recognized the service and sacrifice of Specialist Tomlin.
According to reports, Specialist Tomlin, a 22-year-old Marshall County U.S. Army soldier, had been working as a crew chief. He was training in a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter when it crashed on Monday, April 17 in Leornardtown, Maryland.
Authorities said he was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other crew members were critically injured.
Specialist Tomlin was assigned to “C” Company, 12th Aviation Battalion out of Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
”Jeremy was a son, brother and husband who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country,” Governor Haslam said. “We pause to remember this young Tennessee soldier killed in the line of duty, and as a state, we offer our thoughts and prayers to his loved ones.”
Specialist Tomlin was born in Murfreesboro, but he grew up in Unionville near Chapel Hill.
He graduated from Community High School in Unionville. Reports stated Tomlin had served for nearly five years.
“The loss of Specialist Tomlin is a solemn reminder of the dangers our service members face as they train, patrol, or deploy into combat,” Grinder said. “We grieve with the Tomlin family and join them in paying our respects for his sacrifice.”
Tomlin received many medals during his time of service, including the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and Basic Army Aviator Badge.
Specialist Tomlin was survived by his wife Jessica Mae Tomlin, mother Jenny Lynn Tomlin, sisters Kaitlyn and Kayla Tomlin, and grandparents Ronnie and Teresa Tomlin.
Visitation for Specialist Tomlin has been set for 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday at Gowen-Smith Chapel in the 800 block of Union Street in Shelbyville.
Specialist Tomlin’s funeral service will be held at the same location at 1 p.m. on Saturday. He will be laid to rest at Cothran Cemetery on Fruit Valley Road in Rockvale.