ROTC cadets at UT form honor line for fallen comrade

ROTC cadets at UT form honor line for fallen comrade

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Cadet Chris Hasbrouck was participating in the Mountain Man Memorial March when he suffered heat stroke. Cadet Chris Hasbrouck was participating in the Mountain Man Memorial March when he suffered heat stroke.

By STEPHANIE BEECKEN
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - More than three dozen University of Tennessee Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets formed an honor line Thursday to pay tribute to a fallen comrade.

Cadet Chris Hasbrouck, 19, was an ROTC member at Appalachian State University who died Wednesday at UT Medical Center.

"In a combat zone when we lose someone, whenever possible, when the remains of the person are being transferred, every available person will line the streets in order to render honors to them, to pay honors to them one final time," said UT Army ROTC Senior Military Instructor Master Sgt. Allen C. York.

According to York, Hasbrouck was participating in the Mountain Man Memorial March in Gatlinburg on Saturday, April 21 when he suffered heat stroke.

During the Mountain Man event, the cadets march 26.2 miles with full military packs. It's a fund raiser for Gold Star families who have lost a loved one in combat.

"He was coming out to honor someone he didn't even know for the sacrifice that they made and sacrificed his life in doing so," Master Sgt. York said.

"The family was very grateful and honored by the cadets wanting to come out here and honor their fallen comrade that way," York added.

He says Hasbrouck's body is going home to his final resting place in North Carolina, and Hasbrouck had enlisted in the National Guard.

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