Thursday, July 26, 2007

Thank you for your service, Capt. Lynn Scutellaro ... 1979-2007

In Memory
Captain Lynn Scutellaro, 28
1979 - 2007
U.S. Army National Guard - Colorado
Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom - 2005-06

Captain Lynn Scutellaro was a soldier who took care of soldiers. She had served overseas as a helicopter pilot with the Colorado Army National Guard including her last deployment to Iraq in November 2005, returning to her Evergreen, Colorado home last fall.

Tragically, Capt. Scutellaro was accidentally struck and killed by a Breckenridge trolley on the evening of July 7, 2007, while vacationing in the Colorado resort town at her parents' condominium. The accident is still under investigation.

Capt. Scutellaro was buried July 11, 2007, at Fort Logan National Cemetery.

Members of Colorado Army National Guard.

Capt. Scutellaro made an impression on those she worked with and was described as a person full of life. According to the Vail Daily:
Wayne Hankammer worked with Scutellaro when she organized reintegration and readjustment retreats in 2004 for soldiers returning from overseas. The retreats, for groups sometimes as large as 80 soldiers, focused on issues like loss of independence, restablishing routines and reconnecting with families members.

Scutellaro took care of everything on the retreats, from booking accommodations and e-mailing agendas to organizing all the necessary resources, Hankammer said. Her passion for her work went well beyond the definition of dedication.

"Dedicated doesn’t even come close,” he said. “It was more like she was a stand-up woman. You could depend on her. She was amazing, she was vibrant. Gosh, she was so full of life.”

Scutellaro organized retreats in Breckenridge, Glenwood Springs and several other places before she was deployed to Iraq in November 2005. Scutellaro, a helicopter pilot, served a 12-month tour.

“She’s a great American who served her country well, who loved her parents and her brother, Rich, and his fiancee, Beth, and she will be in the wedding in our spirits,” said close family friend Debbie Danish.

Capt. Scutellaro was honored at her funeral with the presence of more than 200 Army and Air Guardsmen as well as the Patriot Guard Riders. Soldier Deb, who had served with her in Slovenia several years ago, commented that the number of people at her funeral was a testament to the quality of person she was.

At the conclusion of the funeral she was honored with a "missing man fly-over" with helicopters.

Memorials in Lynn Scutellaro's name can be made to Alpine Rescue Team, P.O. Box 934, Evergreen, CO 80437.

We are grateful to Capt. Lynn Scutellaro for her service to our country, and to her family for their sacrifice.  More information is available here and here.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Keep up the GREAT work.