A Fallen Hero Comes Home

Funeral services for Jerod Heath Osborne, killed in action on July 5 in Afghanistan, is being held today, July 16 at 2:00P.M. at Lake Pointe Church. Osborne, a 2008 graduate of Rockwall-Heath High School, was on active duty as a combat medic with the 82nd Airborne. He was one of two soldiers killed when an improvised explosive device detonated in the road while his unit was on patrol.

A procession bearing his casket was held on Wednesday from Majors Field in Greenville to Rest Haven Funeral Home in Rockwall. Hundreds lined the route to pay their respects to the fallen hero. Hundreds more are expected at todays service. After the service, Jarod will be laid to rest at Rest Haven Memorial Park. His friends have set up an online memorial on Facebook, inviting all to share memories and photos of the young soldier. See the page here.

“He was tops in his class in medical training and they sent him on to an advance lifesaving course in Virginia, which only a handful of them get to do,” said his stepfather, Gary Grillett of Rockwall.

Spc. Osborne was deployed to Afghanistan in August.

“He only had three weeks left, and he would have been home,” his mother said.

Spc. Osborne spent his senior year preparing to go into the Army as a medic and began his Army career in boot camp in Ft. Leonard Wood, and then was assigned to the 82nd Airborne. He transferred to Ft. Benning, GA, for Airborne training. During his tour, Jerod received several medals for his dedication above and beyond regular duty.

He is survived by his parents, Sharon Grillett and her husband Gary of Rockwall, and father Allan Osborne of Caddo Mills, and four brothers and sisters.

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