Virginia sailor killed in collision remembered as ‘good kid’

Image courtesy of the Lake Monticello Fire Department

PALMYRA, Va. (AP) — A Virginia sailor killed on a U.S. Naval destroyer is being remembered as a “good kid” and a dependable volunteer firefighter.

The Navy identified 19-year-old Gunner’s Mate Seaman Dakota Kyle Rigsby of Palmyra as one of the sailors killed when the USS Fitzgerald collided with a container ship off the Japanese coast Saturday. The sailors’ bodies were later found inside the wreckage.

News outlets report that the Lake Monticello Volunteer Fire Department says Rigsby, a graduate of Fluvanna County High School, joined the department in 2014, following in the footsteps of his mother.

Assistant Fire Chief Jean Campbell described Rigsby as a dependable firefighter, calling his death “a tragic loss.”

Volunteer firefighter Farrah Brody says Rigsby “was a good kid; he’d give his shirt off of his back for you.”

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