Navy identifies SEAL killed in Fleet Week parachute accident
JERSEY CITY — The U.S. Navy identified the member of the elite parachute team who died after his parachute malfunctioned during a Fleet Week Show over the weekend.
The man was identified as Special Operator First Class Remington Jordan Peters, 27, of Colorado, who the Navy said had been a member of the Leap Frog Parachute Team for more than a year in addition to serving as a member of the Navy SEALS. According to the Navy, Peters had also served two combat deployments and had participated in more than 900 jumps during his career.
The Navy also released a statement from his family.
"Words cannot begin to express our devastation and heartbreak over the passing of our courageous warrior," the statement said.
The family said the accomplishments Peters achieved during his career "far outweigh his years."
"Anyone that has ever had the pleasure of knowing Remi could attest to his fierce loyalty to his friends, family, and his country," the statement continued. "He was an angel on earth and role model to all. We couldn't have been more proud of him."
The family also said the SEAL member "lived life to the fullest and taught us to do the same."
Peters died after the accident on Sunday as part of a jump with the elite Leap Frog team. Rear Adm. Jack Scorby said at the time that Peters had landed in the Hudson River after disconnecting his parachute which landed in a parking lot. He was pulled from the water by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Jersey City Fire Department Marine Unit who were assigned to work during the event.
Scorby said Peters was taken to Jersey City Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 1:10 p.m.
"Our hearts and our prayers go out to his family and we ask for all your prayers for the Navy SEAL community who lost a true patriot," Scorby said at the time.
A bio released by the Navy noted that Peters first enlisted in 2008 and began training in special warfare training unit the following year. He joined the special forces in 2010 and joined the Navy Parachute Team in March of last year.
A decorated serviceman, Peters was awarded several medals during his career including the Afghanistan and Iraq Campaign Medals, as well as the NATO Medal. He also was commended for his marksmanship with rifles and pistols according to his profile.
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