Ohio woman dies at Lackland Air Force Base

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) — A woman from Ohio who was in basic training at Lackland Air Force Base died last week after becoming ill in May with a respiratory illness, the base said.

Paige Villers arrived at Lackland for training in mid-March. The 19-year-old from Norton, near Barberton, south of Akron, Ohio, was admitted to Wilford Hall Medical Center with a “serious upper respiratory illness,” the base said in a statement. She experienced a short period of recovery but fell ill again and died Aug. 7, the statement said.

Oscar Balladares, a spokesman for Lackland Air Force Base, said Tuesday there was no cause of death yet and that it would be another one to two weeks before autopsy results are in.

Brig. Gen. Darrell Jones, 37th Training Wing commander, presented Villers with an achievement medal and airman’s coin during a graduation ceremony July 20. Villers’ parents attended the ceremony.

Respiratory viruses are not uncommon when people live close together, the statement said.

“Losing a family member is very difficult. The Villers family and the Air Force family are both grieving this very tragic loss,” Jones said.

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