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Skydivers at funeral honor Army Golden Knights parachutist killed in Chicago air show accident

WEST CHESTER, Ohio — A solo Army Golden Knights parachutist honored a comrade’s dream by landing on the high school football field where hundreds of mourners gathered for his funeral Saturday, a week after he was involved in a deadly accident at the Chicago Air and Water Show.

The military skydiver, joined by a team of professionals, fulfilled the wish of U.S. Army Master Sgt. Corey Hood, who had long wanted to parachute on to the field where he played as a youth.

Carrie Mills, left, the mother of Master Sgt. Corey Hood, looks at photos on display prior to the funeral service for her son Saturday. Photo by Greg Lynch / Journal-News

Carrie Mills, left, the mother of Master Sgt. Corey Hood, looks at photos on display prior to the funeral service for her son Saturday. Photo by Greg Lynch / Journal-News

Parachutists fly over the Ohio high school football field Saturday, during the funeral of  Master Sgt. Corey Hood. Hood, 32, the Army Golden Knights parachute team member who died Aug. 16 after a mid-air collission with another parachutist during a a performance at the Chicago Air and Water Show.   Madison Schmidt/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP

Parachutists fly over the Ohio high school football field Saturday, during the funeral of Master Sgt. Corey Hood. Hood, 32, the Army Golden Knights parachute team member who died Aug. 16 after a mid-air collission with another parachutist during a a performance at the Chicago Air and Water Show. Madison Schmidt/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP

“He was highly competitive and didn’t want to lose at anything,” Larry Cox, his high school football coach, told hundreds of mourners who gathered in the stands at Lakota West High School in the Cincinnati. suburb of West Chester, Ohio — Hood’s hometown. “I think it correlated with why he became such a great soldier.”

Hood, 32, died Aug. 16, a day after colliding with a Navy parachutist during a jump at the Chicago show.

Steve Hunt, brother-in-law of Army Master Sgt. Corey Hood, is embraced by Lyndsay Hood, Hood's wife, after speaking during Hood's funeral service, Saturday. The service was held at the football stadium of Lakota West High School, which Hood attended.  Photo by Greg Lynch / Journal-News

Steve Hunt, brother-in-law of Army Master Sgt. Corey Hood, is embraced by Lyndsay Hood, Hood’s wife, after speaking during Hood’s funeral service, Saturday. The service was held at the football stadium of Lakota West High School, which Hood attended. Photo by Greg Lynch / Journal-News

Before joining the Golden Knights, the army’s elite parachute performance team, Hood had served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Highly decorated, he was awarded two Bronze Stars for heroism.

Carrie Mills, left, the mother of Master Sgt. Corey Hood, stands with one of her daughters to look at photos on display, prior to the funeral service for her son Saturday. Photo by Greg Lynch / Journal-News

Carrie Mills, left, the mother of Master Sgt. Corey Hood, stands with one of her daughters to look at photos on display, prior to the funeral service for her son Saturday. Photo by Greg Lynch / Journal-News

“Corey would run toward gunfire, not away from it,” his childhood friend Adam Price told mourners.

Hood rose quickly through the ranks and made sergeant first class at a young age. The Army on Monday posthumously promoted him to master sergeant.

Hood was buried during a private ceremony after the funeral.

Team FastTrax and a solo member of the Army Golden Knights performed a tribute jump during the funeral Saturday for Master Sgt. Corey Hood, a West Chester, Ohio, native and parachute team member who died after a skydiving accident Aug. 15 at the Chicago Air and Water Show. Photo by Greg Lynch / Journal-News

Team FastTrax and a solo member of the Army Golden Knights performed a tribute jump during the funeral Saturday for Master Sgt. Corey Hood, a West Chester, Ohio, native and parachute team member who died after a skydiving accident Aug. 15 at the Chicago Air and Water Show. Photo by Greg Lynch / Journal-News

 

Steve Hunt, brother-in-law of Master Sgt. Corey Hood, speaks at his funeral Saturday at Lakota West High School in West Chester, Ohio, which Hood attended, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. Photo by Greg Lynch / Journal-News

Steve Hunt, brother-in-law of Master Sgt. Corey Hood, speaks at his funeral Saturday at Lakota West High School in West Chester, Ohio, which Hood attended, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. Photo by Greg Lynch / Journal-News

The funeral for Master Sgt. Corey Hood was held at the football stadium at Lakota West High School, which Hood attended. Photo by Greg Lynch / Journal-News

The funeral for Master Sgt. Corey Hood was held at the football stadium at Lakota West High School, which Hood attended. Photo by Greg Lynch / Journal-News

 

Members of the Army Golden Knights parachute team act as pallbearers for their team member Master Sgt. Corey Hood. Photo by Greg Lynch / Journal-News

Members of the Army Golden Knights parachute team act as pallbearers for their team member Master Sgt. Corey Hood. Photo by Greg Lynch / Journal-News