Thursday, April 19, 2012

Army Sgt. Dean R. Shaffer

Remember Our Heroes

Army Sgt. Dean R. Shaffer, 23, of Pekin, Ill.

Sgt. Shaffer was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii; died April 19, 2012 in Divalak, Helmand province, Afghanistan, when his Black Hawk (UH-60) crashed. Also killed were Chief Warrant Officer 2 Nicholas S. Johnson, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Don C. Viray and Spc. Chris J. Workman.

Sgt. Dean R. Shaffer was born March 21, 1989, in Fort Myers, Fla., to Dean Randolph and Susan Marie Rasbeck Shaffer.

Dean was a 2007 graduate of Pekin Community High School, where he participated in the JROTC program and graduated with the rank of Cadet Sergeant Major. He was a member of the JROTC Honor Guard, Color Guard, Drill Team, Physical Fitness Team, Academic Team and Orienteering Team. He was the recipient of the first PCHS JROTC Career & Technical Education Award.

During his high school years, Dean worked at Steak-n-Shake in Pekin for several years. He enjoyed playing video games and paintballing.

Sgt. Shaffer was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and the Combat Aviation Badge.

Surviving are his mother, Susan Shaffer of Peoria; father and stepmother, Dean “Randy” and Jolyn Shaffer of Fallon, Nev.; one sister, Jennifer Davis of Pekin; one niece, Emily Davis; one nephew, Mason Davis; his grandparents, Mary Rasbeck of North Fort Myers, Fla., Denton Shaffer in Florida, and Sherry and Mark Taylor of Fallen, Nev.

Army Sgt. Dean R. Shaffer was killed in action on 4/19/12.

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