Staff Sgt. Heidi Lynn Ruh’s family breathed a sigh of relief when her current deployment was to a non-hostile region, so they were blindsided by the “knock on the door” from Army officials last week delivering the worst news of their life.
One week later, the Army says her death remains under investigation. There has been no mention of foul play.
Interestingly, the death notice of SSG Ruh has not been released on the Department of Defense News Release site, where non-combat, non-war-related deaths are typically posted.
Assigned to the 1st Medical Brigade, SSG Ruh, a Wisconsin native, had been in Kosovo since January.
Staff Sgt. Ruh previously deployed to Afghanistan and was the recipient of two Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, three Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, and the Driver and Mechanic badge.
In addition to her parents, SSG Ruh, 32, is survived by two sons.
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