A Connecticut airman has died after an incident at Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates.
The U.S. Department of Defense said 26-year-old Staff Sgt. James T. Grotjan, of Waterford, died Thursday at a medical facility in Germany from injuries sustained in a non-combat incident at the base on July 8.
Grotjan was assigned to the 4th Civil Engineer Squadron at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina.
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Grotjan's family said he grew up in Colchester and graduated from Bacon Academy in 2010.
His mother-in-law said told NBC Connecticut he was "the guy next door" who would help anyone who needed it, and that he was a wonderful husband to her step-daughter.