Air Force major becomes unresponsive, dies after PT test


An Air Force Major is dead after becoming unresponsive during a physical training test at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., Friday.

KUSA News reports Maj. Elgin ‘Rick’ Ross was pronounced dead at 9:22 a.m. Saturday at the University of Colorado Hospital.

Ross served in the Air Force for 24 years. He was head of the Total Force Service Center Denver and was responsible for the center’s customer support service. According to KUSA, Ross was assigned to the Air Reserve Personnel Center in 2017.

“We are heartbroken over the loss of our teammate and friend,” Brig. Gen. Ellen Moore said in a news release. “ARPC is coming together in this sad time, and we are ensuring that Rick’s wife and children are taken care of now and in the future.”

Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Ross is survived by his mother, wife and three children.

The time and date for a memorial service for Ross has not been announced at this time.

KUSA reports the cause of death is under investigation.

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  • Jim Verchio is a staff writer for Popular Military. As a retired Air Force Public Affairs craftsman, Jim has served at all levels. From staff writer to Editor-In-Chief, he has more than 30 years experience covering military topics in print and broadcast from the CONUS to Afghanistan. He is also a two time recipient of the DoD’s prestigious Thomas Jefferson Award for journalism excellence.

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