I am sad to report that Sgt. John Kyle Daggett died Thursady, May 16th in Hallifax Nova Scotia from wounds suffered during an RPG attack in Iraq on May 1st.
Medical teams worked for two weeks to save Army Sgt. John Kyle Daggett, a 2005 high-school graduate from Phoenix, but the wounds he suffered from a rocket-propelled grenade were too great...
Although John was his first name, most everyone called him Kyle at Pinnacle High School in north Phoenix.
“He was just a phenomenal, a phenomenal kid,” said Dana Zupke, who coached Daggett on the school's varsity football team. “He was very outgoing and very bright and articulate. “He was definitely a pleasure to be around.”
Zupke said Daggett may not have been one of the strongest players on the team but had one of the best work ethics. “He was the kind of kid you loved to coach football,” he said. “He gave 110 percent.”
Zupke, who also teaches business classes at Pinnacle, knew Daggett off the field. “He applied the same ethic in the classroom. He was always very outgoing and contributed a lot to the class. Just an all-around joy.”
Gina Fiore, an administrative assistant at Pinnacle, remembers Daggett as being very kind. “He was a nice boy and this is a great loss,” she said.
It's the first time Zupke has heard of one of his former students dying while serving in the war. “It throws you for a loop,” he said. “I knew he was over there and knew he was in a high-risk position. But he chose to be in that position and felt very strongly about serving his country.”
Daggett is survived by his parents, Jack and Colleen Daggett, and his sister, Kendall. Family members were not available for comment.
I want to express my condolences to the family, friends and comrades he left behind. I am so sorry for your loss.
God speed Sgt Daggett. You are a hero.