We're learning more about the man who was killed in a skydiving accident last Friday in Perris. His family said 29-year-old Jason Granger was a military free fall instructor and served with the Ranger Regiment as a member in the Ranger Reconnaissance Company.
Granger was deployed seven times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom with the 1st Ranger Battalion and received multiple awards, including the Bronze Star, according to family members.
They said Jason was passionate about his job and loved being in the air.
Jason was a plank holder in the development of the Special Operations Military Free Fall Advanced Tactical Infiltration Course taught at the John F. Kennedy Special Operations Center in Ft. Bragg. Jason was key to this courses development and help revolutionize the way MFF Combat training is conducted throughout the Special Operations Command. Jason helped train multiple units within the Special Operations, according to a statement released by family members.
Granger was also an instructor at the Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona.
His family has had an outpouring of support and wrote this message: To be honest, he would not be happy with all of the fuss we are making over him but he would be the first to stand up to help others. The support from family and friends has been amazing, we never expected this level of support this fast. It really should not have been that much of a surprise when you think about how Jason made such an impact on so many lives.
Granger is survived by his wife and three boys.
A fund has been set up to offer his family support after the tragic accident under Granger Boys Fund on http://www.gofundme.com.
Dan Brodsky-Chenfeld, the manager of Skydive Perris, said Granger traveled to the popular Southern California skydiving spot with his wife and family to make the jump. He said the weather was clear and the equipment was working properly.
It's unclear what exactly caused Granger to lose control before the crash.