Airman Derek V. Kozorosky was a firefighter assigned to the Fire Emergency Services Flight‚ 18th Civil Engineer Squadron‚ 18th Civil Engineering Group‚ Kadena Air Base‚ Okinawa‚ Japan. He proudly served his fellow firefighters in mitigating structural‚ crash‚ WMD‚ HAZMAT‚ medical‚ and rescue emergencies. He was dedicated and committed in providing first class fire protection for 24‚000 base personnel‚ 100+ assigned/attached aircraft and 10‚000 facilities valued at 8.4 billion dollars.
Airman Kozorosky was born at Westmoreland Hospital in Greensburg‚ Pennsylvania‚ and grew up in Ebensburg‚ Pennsylvania. His dedication and attention to detail were evident at an early age when he obtained his black belt in karate at the age of twelve. He graduated from Bishop Carroll High School‚ where he played football and basketball and was part of the homecoming court. Airman Kozorosky worked as a produce manager at Giant Eagle grocery store for three years‚ where he was labeled by the owners as the ‘best employee they ever had.’ He also spent a year as a construction worker doing some masonry work.
Airman Kozorosky began his Air Force career in November 2008. He joined the service for financial assistance to obtain a college degree and for the prospects of an exciting changed in his life. In just over two years of service‚ he was able to reach his initial career goals of completing his CDCs in less than fifteen months while scoring above 90% on all his end of course exams. Additionally‚ he was handpicked by flight leadership to attend the challenging emergency medical technician basic training course‚ where he excelled and received his National Registry Certification. He was also able to achieve a few personal goals in his short time here by deploying to Kuwait‚ giving him the opportunity to meet a lot of new people while seeing the world. Airman Kozorosky was very excited about being stationed at Kadena and being a part of the Fire Emergency Services flight.
Derek was close to his immediate family and was a loving son‚ brother‚ and grandson. He is survived by his parents‚ David and Lisa Kozorosky; his sister‚ Mikayla; and his grandparents‚ Len and Carol Zeman and Joe and Priscilla Kozorosky. His is also survived by numerous aunts‚ uncles‚ cousins‚ and friends.
He had a zest for life and left a lasting impression on those he loved with his humor and integrity.