Community pays tribute as body of local Navy Corpsman returns home
MT. AIRY, Md. (WBFF) - From BWI Airport to a family’s hometown of Mount Airy, hundreds of people gathered Friday to pay tribute to a local Navy Hospital Corpsman who died unexpectedly.
EM3 Jordan Way was a pharmacist at Naval Hospital Twenty-nine Palms in California.
According to his family, the 23-year-old Mt. Airy native died December 16th, several days after having surgery on his shoulder. An exact cause of death remains unclear.
On Friday Way’s body was transported from California to Maryland. Hundreds of family, friends and neighbors gathered on the tarmac at BWI Airport as Way’s casket was loaded into a hearse.
The hearse then transported Way’s body to a funeral home in Mt. Airy, where dozens more people were gathered.
“It’s just so sad for someone who was just 23,” said Linda Gue, whose granddaughter was friends with Way. “He had his whole life ahead of him. Yes, my heart is heavy.”
Those who didn’t know Way or his family also lined the streets.
“I’m a veteran. I served,” explained Robert Rimbey. “Take care of your own. You have to be there to support each other.”
Way’s family said they’re overwhelmed by the love and support from the community.
“These people have just overwhelmed us,” said Dana Way, Jordan’s father. “All the love and support we've gotten.”
Way said his son lived everyday as an adventure and loved the outdoors.
“He loved fishing and hunting. He just loved being out there,” described Way.
EM3 Jordan Way joined the Navy shortly after high school. He later moved to California, where he was living and working until the time of his death.
The family told FOX45 it’s unclear exactly what caused Jordan’s death.
“He had surgery and everything went well. He was home for four days,” explained Way. “There are still a lot of unanswered questions.”
A memorial service will be held at Calvary United Methodist Church in Mt. Airy Saturday, December 30th. The family will receive friends starting at 11:00 a.m.. A service will follow at 12:30 p.m., followed by a reception.
EM3 Jordan Way will be buried at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.