Virginia sailor killed in collision remembered as ‘good kid’

The damaged USS Fitzgerald is seen near the U.S. Naval base in Yokosuka, southwest of Tokyo, after the U.S. destroyer collided with the Philippine-registered container ship ACX Crystal in the waters off the Izu Peninsula Saturday, June 17, 2017. The USS Fitzgerald was back at its home port in Japan after colliding before dawn Saturday with a container ship four times its size, while the coast guard and Japanese and U.S. military searched for seven sailors missing after the crash. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

PALMYRA, Va. (AP) — A Virginia sailor killed on a U.S. Naval destroyer is being remembered as a “good kid” and a dependable volunteer firefighter.

The Navy identified 19-year-old Gunner’s Mate Seaman Dakota Kyle Rigsby of Palmyra as one of the sailors killed when the USS Fitzgerald collided with a container ship off the Japanese coast Saturday. The sailors’ bodies were later found inside the wreckage.

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News outlets report that the Lake Monticello Volunteer Fire Department says Rigsby, a graduate of Fluvanna County High School, joined the department in 2014, following the footsteps of his mother.

Assistant Fire Chief Jean Campbell described Rigsby as a dependable firefighter, calling his death “a tragic loss.”

Volunteer firefighter Farrah Brody says Rigsby “was a good kid; he’d give his shirt off of his back for you.”