From Renee of the Soldiers' Angels Living Legends Team:
We have a fallen Hero from Soldiers' Angels, Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph D. Alomar.
Joseph, 22, of Brooklyn, N.Y., died in a non-combat related incident Jan. 17, 2007, at Camp Bucca, Iraq, where he was assigned to the Navy Provisional Detention Battalion. His death was not the result of hostile action, but occurred in a hostile fire zone.
Joseph is survived by his wife, Jennifer, and 5 yr old daughter, Jalleeha. He is also survived by 7 siblings and his stepmother Aileen Encarnacion of Cypress Hills.
On Thursday afternoon, two officers disclosed the news of Alomar's passing to his stepmother, Aileen Encarnacion, 39, who raised him since the age of 4 and still lives at his childhood home in Cypress Hills. The family's living room is adorned with trophies from his days playing high school baseball and basketball.
Also at the home were three of Alomar's seven siblings and three step-siblings. Alomar's wife, Jennifer, who could not be reached, and 5-year-old daughter Jalleeha live in Virginia Beach, Va.
Sabrina Figueroa, 15, last heard from her brother, who she called "Little Joey," on Jan. 14 in an e-mail. She said he wrote to his younger sister, affectionately calling her "Brina," about how proud he was to have "such a pretty sister."
"He was a good brother and now a good hero," Figueroa said. "With Little Joey, there's nobody that didn't like him."
The Patriot Guard Riders are standing by to ride for Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph D. Alomar.
Please take a moment to read the Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph D. Alomar tribute at the Soldiers' Angels Fallen Heroes blog.
Remember our Heroes.