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HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. – A Clover Hill High School graduate was killed in a military training incident in Boise, Idaho on Tuesday.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Peter Kraines, 33, was a Special Tactics pararescueman with the 24th Special Operations Wing. He died from injuries sustained while performing mountain rescue techniques.

The incident is currently under investigation.

“This is a tragic loss to the Special Tactics community,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Matthew Allen, commander of the 24th SOW. “We are grateful for the support from our community and our [Air Force Special Operations Command] teammates. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and teammates at this time.”

Kraines, a 2004 Clover Hill High School graduate, is survived by his wife and two children.

Sgt. Peter Kraines

Kraines enlisted in the United States Air Force in March 2011. According to a release from the U.S. Air Force, Kraines was a military static-line jumper, free fall jumper, an Air Force combat scuba diver and certified as an emergency medical technician. As a Special Tactics pararescueman, Kraines was specially trained and equipped for immediate deployment into combat operations to conduct combat search and rescue and personnel recovery operations.

The Clover Hill graduate completed two deployments, first in 2015 to Bagram, Afghanistan and to Diyarbakir, Turkey in 2017.

During his service, Kraines earned more than a dozen awards and honors including the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, and the Meritorious Unit Award.

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