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From the Salt Lake Tribune:

A Blanding native was one of 30 American service members who died when their helicopter was shot down during a rescue mission this weekend in Afghanistan.

Navy SEAL Jason Workman, 33, was aboard a Chinook helicopter that was shot down about 60 miles from Kabul, friends of Workman’s family confirmed.

“They’re just devastated, but they’re so proud,” said San Juan County Sheriff Rick Eldredge, longtime friend of the family. Workman’s parents traveled Sunday to Virginia to join his wife and 21-month-old son as they await the return of his body.

Workman, 33, grew up in Blanding and joined the Navy eight years ago, Eldredge said.

Workman had returned from an LDS Church mission and announced, “I’m going to be a Navy SEAL,” Eldredge recalled. “We all [said], ‘If anyone can do it, you can.’”

Two years later, he joined the elite team and has served several tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Every time he came back, his unit wanted to return,” Eldredge said. “He really wanted to serve.”

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So sad for all of the families of those 30 who were killed. :(

A 21 month old son..wow..very sad.

Prayers for the families.

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