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Local ambulance EMT, Navy Reservist dies in Iraq

A Navy Reservist who's been an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) with the Ellsworth Ambulance Service has died during military service in Iraq.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Jaime Jaenke, 29, Bay City, died June 5 as the result of injuries she suffered in a roadside bombing. Her mother, Susan, told local Ambulance Director Bill Brookshaw.

According to the Department of Defense, Jaenke was riding in a Humvee when the vehicle as struck by the bomb. The incident occurred in Al Anbar province in western Iraq.

Jaenke was a hospital corpsman and a field medic assigned to the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 25 which is based at Ft. McCoy. The unit was deployed to Iraq earlier this year.

The woman's mother told Brookshaw that she was informed of her daughter's death on Monday evening by Navy officials.

Jaenke applied to join the local ambulance service in August of 2000 and left last July to enter the Navy Reserve, Brookshaw said. While with the ambulance here, she had taken EMT training, he said.

She also took nursing courses at a community college in Iowa Falls, Iowa., where her mother lives.

Among other family members, she is survived by a 7-year-old daughter.