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Army Sgt. Tyler D. Prewitt

Died September 28, 2004 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom

22, of Phoenix; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, Vilseck, Germany; died Sept. 28 in Landstuhl, Germany, from injuries sustained Sept. 24 when a rocket-propelled grenade struck his vehicle in Baqubah, Iraq.

Army sergeant from Phoenix dies of wounds suffered in Iraq

Associated Press

PHOENIX — A 22-year-old soldier from Phoenix who decided to join the Army after the 2001 terrorist attacks has died of injuries suffered in Iraq last week.

Sgt. Tyler Prewitt, a field medic, was wounded Sept. 24 when a rocket-propelled grenade struck the vehicle he was riding in, his family and the Department of Defense said.

Surgeons operated on Prewitt in Iraq, and he was taken to a hospital in Germany, where he was pronounced brain dead Sept. 28, his family said.

Tim Prewitt said his son’s organs were donated to other patients in Germany.

Tyler Prewitt grew up in northwest Phoenix, attended elementary school at Northwest Community Christian School and graduated from Greenway High School in 2001.

He was a baseball player at Phoenix College recovering from a broken jaw at the time of the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

“He just wanted to help other people,” said Tim Prewitt, of Peoria. “He was very athletic and outgoing.”

He was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division stationed in Vilseck, Germany, the DOD said Sept 30.

Tyler Prewitt is survived by his father; his mother, Johnnie; and brothers Chad and Richie.

Chad Prewitt was a standout basketball player at Arizona State who’s now playing for the Dakota Wizards in the Continental Basketball Association.

Funeral services for Tyler Prewitt will be held next week in the Phoenix area.

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