March 4, 2012
A soldier who drowned in Florida was assigned to the 10th Special Forces Group at Fort Carson.
Sgt. Luis G. Serrano, 36, died after walking off a beachside dock just before 5:30 a.m. Sunday, said Marianne Pasha, spokeswoman for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office in Florida.
A person in a nearby hotel told deputies that Serrano walked straight into the water in an area where the dock continued left, Pasha said. The person ran down to the dock and saw Serrano, who was wearing shoes, jeans and a shirt, float to the surface about 100 feet from where he fell in.
“The witness told us that he appeared to be very intoxicated by the way he was walking,” Pasha said.
Serrano was in Florida to attend a conference hosted by the National Forensic Science Technical Center, Pasha said.
A native of Peru, Serrano joined the Army in June 2000 and joined the 10th Special Forces Group in November, 2011, where he was assigned to the Chemical Reconnaissance Detachment of the Group Support Battalion.
He served three tours in Iraq and one in Djibouti, Africa.
Serrano earned numerous awards, including the Army Commendation Medal and the Army Achievement Medal.
Officials in Florida said Serrano's family in Colorado Springs has been told of his death.