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YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Contemporary Chapel on Yokota’s east side for Debra D. Anderson, a U.S. civilian employee who died in the base hospital last week.

According to Capt. David Westover, a 374th Airlift Wing spokesman, Anderson was taken to the emergency room Thursday for undisclosed reasons. She died at approximately 3:30 p.m. Westover said he had no further details on circumstances surrounding her death.

Col. Mark Presson, the 374th Medical Group commander, said Saturday the cause of death has not been determined.

“Her death was sudden,” he said. “When she arrived at the ER, our medical professionals exhausted every possible effort to stabilize her over several hours but could not save her.

“She was never stable enough to be transported to an off-base facility. In fact, we made all the proper coordination and arrangements and had an ambulance standing by but, unfortunately, her situation continued to worsen.”

According to a 374th Airlift Wing news release, Anderson worked as an administrative assistant in Yokota’s inspector general office. Base officials did not release her age.

“We are deeply saddened by this sudden loss,” Col. Scott Goodwin, the 374th Airlift Wing commander, was quoted in the news release as saying.

Anderson is survived by her husband, Senior Master Sgt. Brian Anderson, maintenance superintendent, 374th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron; their son, Torre; and her parents, Betty and Joe Carey, of Bellevue, Neb.


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