Army Sgt. Duriel Powell, 33, died when he accidently overdosed on pain meds he recieved after surgery
Riley County police say a Fort Riley soldier found dead at his off-post home accidentally overdosed on medication he was taking after surgery.
Officers were called to the Ogden home of 33-year-old Army Sgt. Duriel Powell the morning of Sept. 28 after a relative found him not breathing. Emergency responders said Powell was deceased by the time they arrived.
Riley County Police Lt. Josh Kyle told WIBW-TV Powell was taking medication while recovering from unspecified surgery. Foul play was not suspected, but an autopsy was performed to determine the cause of death.
Officials with the 1st Infantry Division said Powell was a field artillery radar operator. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team.
The 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley honored one of its fallen Soldiers, Staff Sgt. Duriel Jay Powell, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 5th Field Artillery, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Inf. Div., in an Oct. 11 memorial ceremony at Morris Hill Chapel.
Powell died Sept. 28, 2012.
Spc. Brice Simpson said Powell was a big-hearted and very approachable person during the Soldier’s tribute portion of the memorial ceremony.
“He made it clear that if anyone ever needed help with anything, he would be there to help,” Simpson said. “He stuck to his word. I had some issues go on, and Staff Sgt. Powell welcomed me into his home with open arms. He always told me that I was his adopted kid.”
Capt. Reimund Manneck, company commander, HHB, 1st Bn., 5th FA Regt., said Powell’s children were most important to him.
“He loved all of his kids with all his heart and loved his Family,” Manneck said. “Ayana and D’ante always had smiles on their faces when they were around their father,” Simpson added.
Friends said Powell also knew how to make work fun, but would be serious when a mission needed to be done.
Powell attended basic training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill, Okla.
His military assignments include: Q-36 Radar Section, Fort Drum, N.Y., as a radar operator, command driver and senior radar operator; Fort Sill, Okla., as an AIT Instructor; Camp Casey, Korea, as a radar operator and senior targeting noncommissioned officer; and, most recently, with 1st Bn. 5th FA Regt. rear detachment as a security/intelligence noncommissioned officer in charge. Powell deployed to Iraq twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Powell’s awards and decorations include: the Army Commendation Medal – third award; Army Achievement Medal; Good Conduct Medal – third award; National Defense Service Medal; Iraq Campaign medal – one cluster star; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; Combat Action Badge and the Driver’s Badge.
He is survived by his two children, Ayana and D’ante; and his parents, Alfred and Melissa Powell.
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