Wheeler Files Resolution to Honor Fallen McHenry Soldier

State Representative Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) has filed a resolution in the Illinois House of Representatives to honor the memory of fallen McHenry Soldier Kevin Weiss. Weiss, who was a Chief Warrant Officer 2 in the United States Army, recently lost his life during a training mission due to suspected mechanical problems while piloting his AH-64D Apache Helicopter.

“By all accounts of those who knew him, CWO Weiss’ dedication to helping others was second to none and he lived every day with that as his focus,” said Wheeler. “His loss is not only to his many close friends and family members, but our country and the many people who will not be able to benefit from his kindness.”

Weiss, who was raised in McHenry, took to helping others at a young age, which led him to pursue military service in 2003. After attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant, Weiss was selected to attend Warrant Officer Candidate School, going on to become a helicopter pilot with the 101st Airborne Division.

Weiss was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and received numerous awards and decorations including the Air Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, the Combat Action Badge, the Army Aviator Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Parachutist Badge, and the Ranger tab, in addition to others.

Weiss is survived by his loving wife, Beth, and their two young children Lucas and Susan, and will be remembered by his many friends and family members as a kind and dedicated soul whose love for helping others and serving his nation will be truly missed.

To read the full resolution filed by Wheeler, click here.