Services held for former deputy in fatal skydiving jump

Frederick Platt Jr.
Frederick Platt Jr.

Services were held Friday for former reserve Lake County Sheriff Deputy Frederick Platt Jr., who died in a skydiving accident Sunday near Racine, Wis.

Platt, 44, who has children in Gurnee, was an experienced skydiver who was jumping with a second jumper around 5:30 p.m. Sunday, according to a press release from Skydive Midwest, located next to Sylvania Airport.

“Mr. Platt was a highly experienced skydiver having amassed over 2,000 jumps during his skydiving career. Injuries sustained were not a result of equipment malfunction, but rather an entanglement with another skydiver. The second jumper sustained minor injuries from the incident and is expected to make a full recovery,” the release said.

The Racine County Sheriff identified the second jumper as 27-year-old Neil A. Kuhlman of Johnson Creek, Wis.

Platt died after he plunged onto a road near the Sylvania Airport, just west of I-94 in the Town of Yorkville, according to the Racine County Sheriff.

Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran noted on his office’s Facebook page that Platt served his country with distinction as an officer with the Navy and as a senior federal air marshal with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, based in Chicago.

“While serving as a reserve deputy sheriff, Fred assisted with the training of our Tactical Response Team and was dedicated to training others. My thoughts and prayers go out to Fred’s family and his brothers and sisters within the federal government and within our department,” Curran wrote.

Skydive Midwest personnel are working with local authorities with the investigation of this incident. They said Platt was a respected member of the skydiving community and regularly jumped with Skydive Midwest.

“Our sincerest condolences go out to the family,” the statement said.

The Federal Aviation Administration is also involved in the investigation,

According to an obituary in the Racine Journal Times, Platt was married in 2013 to Stacy Lynn Hux, and they were awaiting the birth of their first child together. He is survived by his wife, Stacy Hux of Racine; and children, Collin, Walker, Brooklyn, and Kendalyn Platt, all of Gurnee.

It said Platt enlisted in the Navy in 1988. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University and was later commissioned as officer in the Navy Special Warfare Command, which works closely with Navy SEALS. He also earned his master’s degree from Webster University, and attended the Naval War College.

Services were held at Journey Church, 10700 75th St., Kenosha, Wis., with the memorial service officiated by Pastor Jeremy Moore on Friday. Memorials to the family have been suggested.

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