82nd Airborne paratrooper killed in motorcycle crash in North Carolina

Pfc. Joseph Del Hierro was a ‘committed and professional paratrooper’
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Pfc. Joseph Del Hierro, 26, was killed in a motorcycle crash on Feb. 23, 2020.

Pfc. Joseph Del Hierro, 26, was killed in a motorcycle crash on Feb. 23, 2020.

A paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division was killed in a motorcycle crash on Sunday in Fayetteville, North Carolina, officials announced on Monday.

Pfc. Joseph Del Hierro, 26, joined the Army in September 2018 and arrived at Fort Bragg last March, an 82nd Airborne Division news release says. Del Hierro was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat, 82 Airborne Division.

“Pfc. Del Hierro was an extraordinarily committed and professional paratrooper and a beloved member of the Falcon and 82nd Airborne Division Families,” his battalion commander Lt. Col. Anthony Keller said in a statement.

No information about the motorcycle crash was available on Monday.

Del Hierro's military awards include the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, and the Army Parachutist Badge.

The Miami native recently took part in an exercise in Tolemaida, Colombia, said 82nd Airborne Division spokesman Lt. Col. Mike Burns.

"It’s a tragic day for all of us, his passing is felt across this organization and we will always remember him as an outstanding soldier, paratrooper and friend," Keller said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones, friends, and fellow paratroopers.”