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US Air Force Staff Sergeant Juan M Ridout was born in Oak Harbor, Washington
Staff Sergeant Juan M Ridout was an expert swimmer, parachutist, demolitions technician and paramedic. Staff Sgt. Ridout was named Special Forces squadron's pararescueman of the year in 1999 for his heroism. In May of 1999, he rescued an F-16 pilot who had been shot down by a missile in Serbia.
He exchanged gunfire with enemy forces before helping rescue Col. Dave Goldfein. On February 21, 2002 Staff Sergeant Ridout and nine others were killed in a helicopter crash in the Philippines.
The helicopter crashed after ferrying U. S. Special Forces and supplies from Zamboanga City to Basilan Island.
Staff Sergeant Ridout is survived by father Mike Ridout, sister Jessica Ridout, grandparents Julia Rasmussen, Clarence Ridout, and Geronimo Torres and great-grandmother Orona Galloway.