Airman dies during fitness testing at base
Apr 12, 2012 (The Daily Star-Journal - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
WHITEMAN AFB -- The reason an airman died during a physical fitness test at Whiteman Air Force Base is under investigation.
"It could take a while," a base spokeswoman, 1st Lt. Rachel Savage, said Wednesday. "The investigation is on the medical side, and then the Air Force Office of Special Investigation always does its own investigation."
Western Missouri Medical Center personnel pronounced Staff Sgt. Roderick Davenport, 23, dead Monday after he took the test at Whiteman, Savage said.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the deceased airman. This is a tragic situation for everyone," Brig. Gen. Scott Vander Hamm, 509th Bomb Wing commander, said.
Vander Hamm said wing leaders, including chaplains and counselors, stand ready to support those who knew Davenport.
Savage said taking the fitness test is routine for airmen. Tens of thousands of airmen take the test annually.
"He died during the typical Air Force physical fitness test -- very unexpected," Savage said, and later added, "It's a standard physical fitness test, so it's not like it's a test where you're jumping over things. You're doing a 1.5-mile run, you're doing a mode of pushups and a mode of sit ups, so it's what every airman does every year."
The Air Force is not yet releasing information about Davenport's home community and relatives.
Davenport joined the Air Force Aug. 1, 2007, as a security forces specialist. He attended Air Force basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, prior to his assignment to Whiteman as the police services desk sergeant.
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