RIP Sailor It's always hard when we lose them, no matter how.
Navy Identifies SEAL Killed in BASE Jump
July 19, 2010
He loved history, was a good listener and did volunteer work in college.
Tyler S. Stimson, the Navy SEAL who died early Friday morning trying to parachute from a cell-phone tower, also loved to read all kinds of books, family friend Katie Donahue said Saturday.
"He was always looking to expand his knowledge," Donahue said.
The Wakefield, N.H., native was a petty officer first class and assigned to a Virginia Beach-based SEAL team, according to a news release from Naval Special Warfare Command.
Stimson died Friday in a BASE-jumping accident, Suffolk police said. BASE jumping involves parachuting off of fixed objects, and the letters stand for buildings, antennas, spans and earth.
Stimson's BASE-jumping partner, Jason James Tompsett, 31, of Virginia Beach, was charged with trespassing. Tompsett also is a member of an East Coast-based SEAL team, police said.
Donahue said Stimson lived an active lifestyle.
Stimson's Facebook profile picture shows him parachuting.
He liked going to the beach and being outside.
"He wasn't that big into TV," she said. "He was into being outdoors."
Stimson graduated magna cum laude from the University of New Hampshire in 2002, Donahue said.
He joined the Navy in June 2002 as a SEAL candidate and won several awards for combat deployments in support of Overseas Contingency Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the news release said.
Among his awards were two Combat Action Ribbons, the National Defense Service Medal and the Navy Unit Commendation Medal.
Donahue said Stimson also was dedicated to his wife, Chelsey, of Virginia Beach. They met while she served in the military. They would've been married for three years Nov. 10.
Stimson also leaves behind his parents in New Hampshire and a sister in Denver.
His wife and parents declined to be interviewed.
Donahue said she met Stimson in college through her husband, whom Stimson mentored.
She said he didn't have any children but loved his three dogs -- a German shepherd, sheep dog and Chihuahua.
The case remains under investigation.
Funeral arrangements are pending.