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Solider, 40, from LP dies in Texas

A Lake Placid man who served several tours in Iraq was found dead at his Texas home last month.

Officials with the Fort Hood Army Base say Sergeant First Class Shawn Michael Coolidge was found dead at his residence in Killeen, Texas on Feb. 17.

The cause of death is not yet known.

According to a release issued by the Army, Coolidge graduated from Lake Placid High School in 1989 and entered active-duty service in June 1991 as an MI armor crewman.

Coolidge served two tours in Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. One from Nov. 2005 to Nov. 2006 and another from March 2008 to March 2009.

His latest assignment, beginning in Dec. 2010, was with the U.S. Army Operational Test Command in Fort Hood.

Coolidge received the Bronze Star and numerous other awards and decorations, including: the Joint Service Commendation medal; five Army Commendation medals; seven Army Achievement medals; the Southwest Asia Service Medal with two Bronze Stars; and many more.

Army officials say the circumstances surrounding Coolidge's death are under investigation.

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