The El Paso County Coroner's Office identified a man who drowned in Rampart Reservoir over Labor Day weekend as a Schriever Space Force Base airman.
Members from Colorado Parks and Wildlife recovered the body of 30-year-old Ricky Teagle on Wednesday night after he drowned in a paddle boarding accident, a release from Peterson Space Force Base said. Teagle went missing Sunday.
Teagle, a defensive space control operator for the Satellite Control Network with the 22nd Space Operations Squadron, joined the Air Force in September 2018.
“Ricky was selected as both the Peterson-Schriever Garrison Honor Guardsman and Ceremonial Guardsman of the Year for 2020, and Airman of the Quarter twice at the squadron level,” Lt. Col. Brendon Herbeck, 22nd SOPS commander, said. “His incredible professionalism, fortitude, and excellence will be missed among the squadron.”
The search for Teagle took parts of three days as Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Marine Evidence Recovery Team scoured the 500-acre lake, encountering boulders the size of SUV's under 180 feet of water.
“This is a tragedy and we offer our condolences to the family and friends of the victim,” the leader for the agency's marine team, Jim Hawkins, said.
Teagle is the 22nd person to drown in Colorado this year, Colorado Parks and Wildlife said.
The accident is under investigation, the release said.