Westporters Son-in-Law First Connecticut Iraq War Casualty
ConnecticutҒs first casualty in the Iraq War is the son-in-law of Westporter Jay Paretzky, president of the towns volunteer ambulance service.
Master Staff Sgt. Phillip Jordan, 42, and eight other marines were killed in an ambush near An Nasiriyah on Sunday.
Paretzky said Jordan, married to his stepdaughter, Amanda Jordan of Enfield, Conn., visited Westport regularly with their son Tyler, 6.
Paretzky said funeral services are pending. He said the family has been comforted by calls from friends and strangers. Among those calling Җ Gov. John Rowland and Westport First Selectwoman Diane Farrell.
Rowland today requested that all flags in the state be flown at half-staff through Jordan’s funeral.
The Hartford Courant was among state newspapers reporting on the death.
Update: Jordan’s body was returned to Connecticut Monday, March 31. Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 2, at Holy Family Church in Enfield, followed by burial in St. Patrick King Street Cemetery.
Memorial donations can be made to the Tyler Jordan Education Fund, care of Fleet Bank, 777 Main St., Hartford, Conn., 06115, attention Millie Gonzalez.