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Drowning victim identified as Schriever airman


Last updated 9/9/2021 at 10:20am

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Senior Airman Ricky Teagle

Senior Airman Ricky Teagle, a Schriever Space Force Base Airman, has been identified as the person who drowned Sept. 5 at Rampart Reservoir northwest of Colorado Springs. His body was recovered Sept. 8.

Teagle was a defensive space control operator for the Satellite Control Network with the 22nd Space Operations Squadron, part of Space Delta 6 headquartered at Schriever Space Force Base.

"Ricky was selected as both the Peterson-Schriever Garrison Honor Guardsman and Ceremonial Guardsman of the Year for 2020, and Airman of the Quarter twice at the squadron level," said Lt. Col. Brendon Herbeck, 22nd SOPS commander. "His incredible professionalism, fortitude, and excellence will be missed among the squadron."

Teagle joined the Air Force in September 2018, and during his career received the Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Air Force Training Ribbon.

Grief counseling is available, officials said, and a memorial service is being planned by the squadron.

Teagle apparently drowned in a paddle boarding accident at the reservoir. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

El Paso County Sheriff's Office reports Teagle went missing around 2:40 p.m. on Sept. 5. EPSO deputies, El Paso County Search and Rescue, and the Colorado Springs Fire Department dive team responded and began attempts to rescue the swimmer. Later that evening their efforts unfortunately transitioned to a recovery operation.

The body was subsequently recovered Sept. 8 by members of the Colorado Springs Fire Department dive team and members of the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife. Members of the El Paso County Coroner's Office responded and took possession of the body in order to perform a formal autopsy to determine an official cause of death.

Information regarding the reopening of certain areas of the Rampart Reservoir recreation area closed due to this incident will come from the United States Forest Service.


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