Fort Carson Soldier Walks Off Dock, Drowns

A Fort Carson soldier drowned in Florida over the weekend while in the state for a week of training.

Luis Serrano

A Fort Carson soldier has drowned in Florida during a training week. According to Fort Carson, the accident is under investigation.

Tampa CBS affiliate WTSP reports that Sgt. Luis Serrano, 36, walked off a dock behind his hotel at 5:30 a.m. Sunday. Pinellas County deputies say Serrano, who was reportedly drunk, missed a turn on the dock and instead continued walking straight ahead, falling into the water.

Serrano is a native of Puerto Rico who joined the Army in 2000. He has been with the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) since November 2011, and was assigned to his unit's Chemical Reconnaissance Detachment. A season vet, he was deployed to Iraq three times and once to Djibouti.

During his service, Serrano received numerous awards, including the Army Commendation Medal and the Army Achievement medal.

A witness, who called 911 after seeing Serrano fall in, tried to assist him, but he was unresponsive. Serrano's body was retrieved by rescue responders at 6 a.m.

Serrano is survived by his wife Jocelyn, and their two sons D'Angelo and Davin.

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  • by Jefferson Location: C/S on Mar 7, 2012 at 12:27 PM
    I love how military people act like they are all about freedom (especially when it comes to bragging about fighting for American's freedom)... except when people use their freedom to speak out about the military...
  • by Pueblo Location: Southside on Mar 7, 2012 at 07:34 AM
    Well said Roland.. Sorry for the lost of ur friend! Prayers sent to you & his family!!
  • by Pueblo Location: Southside on Mar 7, 2012 at 07:33 AM
    Well said Roland.. Sorry for the lost of ur friend! Prayers sent to you & his family!!
  • by Roland Location: Georgia on Mar 5, 2012 at 08:05 PM
    Let's get the Record Straight.... I have served with this man for over 6 years in Djbouti and Iraq, He is AMERICAN...born and bred...and as far as intelligence goes..he was probably smarter than half of us posting here...Have some respect for his family who will probably read this post you gutless shrimps and thank God you have people like Serrano to fight for you while you sip Dunkin Donuts coffee and complain about taxes. He was my best DARE you call yourselves American when you can bash a dead man after all he has sacrificed. Grow the hell up!
  • by Jon Location: Woodland Park on Mar 5, 2012 at 05:12 PM
    God Bless you Soldier, Thank You for protecting me and my family
  • by Joe Schmoe on Mar 5, 2012 at 04:20 PM
    You see the scum of society on this thread making fun of the Army and this dead soldier. Oh, I'll gladly compare my military career and college degrees with anyone here trashing the military. As for this soldier, he probably hit his head during the fall, it's kinda hard to swim when you're not awake. It only takes a few minutes to drown no matter your swimming ability.
  • by Joseph Location: Tampa on Mar 5, 2012 at 01:42 PM
    Lets see the guy didnt have a buzz he was drunk. Extremely drunk, have you been to the docks where this happened? plenty of boats to hit your head on when you fall. Not to mention he was DRUNK!!! Maybe he couldnt swim and drowned who knows. The bottom line is America lost one of their warriors who was legal and put in 3 tours in Iraq defending the freedom for idiots like Mike so he can make insensitive comments.
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      by AJ on Mar 5, 2012 at 02:44 PM in reply to Joseph
      So we are less free now? Really, that fighting for our freedom stuff should be left at the recruiting office.
  • by mike Location: colorado springs on Mar 5, 2012 at 01:14 PM
    Juan people like you make me want to run for president. I know if I was president I would hunt down all you illegal mexicans and other illegal immigrans draining our economy with your anchor babies and deport you all. I would then use National Guard on the borders with recruiters and a bus and as you illegals come across put you on a bus ship you all to Iran and make you fight for your citizenship. If you make it back alive after 1 year I will waive certian requirements for citizenship like the fees and allow 1 family member to be brought over. You illegals want all these handouts but yet criticize the country you want to live in. You all make me sick. Learn english fightfor the country you want to live in or prepare to look over you shoulder cause I hope people like you get picked up and deported.
  • by Randy Location: Colorado Springs on Mar 5, 2012 at 01:10 PM
    Very suspicious, this man is in the Army's elite special forces and he drowned? Now that doesn't make any since even if he was drunk. Condolences to his pregnant wife and two children, family and friends.
  • by john on Mar 5, 2012 at 01:03 PM
    Sad! what's really sad are some of the other comments
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