Christopher Shane Riordan

Fallen Hero’s Hometown and State: Gulf Breeze, FL

Branch of Service: U.S. Air Force

Rank: Staff Sergeant

Staff Sergeant Christopher Shane Riordan, following a long family tradition of military service, joined the Air Force in 2004 at the age of 19. Attached to Security Forces, he served for over nine years, with 18 months in Iraq. During his enlistment, he received a dozen service medals and Defender of the Month for his squadron.

Shane’s best qualities were his intelligence, his charm, and desire to learn and experience new things. He loved life, his children, his friends, the FL State Seminoles, and having fun. He would be proud to know his teenage daughters are very similar with the same intelligence and drive to continue his dedication to the United States.

Shane loved animals almost as much as he loved his two daughters. He worked with Dalmatian Rescue of Puget Sound for several years. When he died, he had five foster dogs, four adopted dogs, and a cat. He expressed great interest in continuing work as a trainer, which he did for a while after the last Iraq tour, but due to circumstances was unable to pursue.

Age: 29

Date of Death: September 02, 2015

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