North Smithfield soldier killed in Fort Carson training accident

Spc. Matthew R. Turcotte

By: News Staff


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FORT CARSON,C.O. (WLNE) — A 20-year-old soldier from North Smithfield has died as a result of a training accident, authorities said.

Spc. Matthew R. Turcotte, died Wednesday morning at Fort Carson, Colorado.

Turcotte was participating in a combined arms live-fire exercise when he was accidently shot.

Officials said extensive medical aid was provided to Turcotte on scene, but was soon pronounced deceased on the range where the training exercise took place.

The cause of the accident is under investigation at this time.

The North Smithfield native, entered the Army Aug. 10, 2015, and was assigned to the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division,.

He arrived at Fort Carson Dec. 8, 2015, and was deployed to Kosovo once during his two years in the military.

During his time in the military, Turcotte received the following awards:

  • Army Achievement Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Army Service Ribbon
  • Overseas Ribbon
  • NATO Medal

“Our deepest condolences go out to Matthew Turcotte’s family on his tragic and unexpected passing,” said Col. David Zinn, 2nd IBCT commander. “He exemplified commitment to our Army and selfless service to our Nation.  Matthew was a tremendous Soldier who will be dearly and personally missed by the Warhorse Brigade Team.”

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