Jared J. Rossetto (2007/05/07)
Jared John Rossetto was born on February 28, 1983, in Palo Alto, California, to Karen and Jerry Rossetto. In 1987, the family moved to the Pajaro Valley and acquired a home in Corralitos. A sister, Tara, joined Jared in the Rossetto household. Jared attended the Bradley Elementary School before going on to Aptos Junior High School and later Aptos High. In high school he was described as "an athlete who made the honor roll, loved Seinfeld jokes and was kind to new students." In addition to participating on the school’s football and track teams, Rossetto also loved golf, body boarding on local beaches and snowboarding in the Sierra Mountains. After graduating from high school in 2001, he worked locally at a pizza parlor and before entering the military, was employed at a local resort restaurant.
In 2002 Jared Rossetto joined the US Navy. After completing boot camp in San Diego, he received naval aviation training as a helicopter crewman. During the ensuing years, he continued to progress in rank, ending as an aviation warfare systems operator 2nd class aboard a SH-60 Seahawk in Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron 7 in Carrier Air Wing 3. His unit was based in Jacksonville, Florida, and when at sea, he served aboard the USS Harry S. Truman.
On May 7, 2007, Rossetto's helicopter was flying at low altitude in a simulated nighttime combat search and rescue exercise near Fallon, Nevada, when it flew into a transmission line and crashed. Jared and his fellow crewmembers were killed in that accident. His body was recovered and returned to Corralitos for a funeral on May 24, 2007.
(SCSn May 10, 2007, May 23, 2007)