An Army nurse and officer who worked in the intensive care unit at Summa Western Reserve Hospital has been killed in Afghanistan.
Army Reserve Capt. Joshua McClimans, 30, died Friday.
McClimans had worked at the Cuyahoga Falls medical facility since 2008, according to hospital President Robert Kent.
''We are deeply saddened by the loss of Joshua,'' Kent said. ''Serving others was a way of life for Joshua — perfectly exemplified by his roles in service as a [registered] nurse and a member of the Reserves.''
Esther McClimans said her grandson, who lived in Bath Township, was killed by rocket fire on his way to work at an Army hospital.
''He was an amazing kid,'' she said.
McClimans graduated from Jamestown High School in 1998. He attended Kent State University and later the University of Akron.
He joined the Army ROTC program and was commissioned as an officer. After serving four years of active duty including a tour of duty in Iraq, he worked at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
His grandmother, who is the mayor of Jamestown in Pennsylvania's Mercer County, said her grandson joined an Army Reserve unit about 18 months ago and had been in Afghanistan for six weeks.
''The minute he got there he knew he wasn't safe,'' she said.
Her grandson, who grew up a few blocks away from her in Jamestown, liked to laugh and loved his country.
''He loved being a dad. He loved being a nurse. He loved his country and he felt honored to serve,'' she said.
Survivors include a 7-year-old son, Max; a 13-year-old daughter, Emma; and his parents, Michael McClimans of Jamestown, Pa., and Cindy McClimans of Texas.
Amanda McClimans, who has been in a relationship with McClimans for more than a decade, described him as ''amazing, loving, strong, compassionate, caring and the best dad in the world.''
He would often call home three to four times a day from Afghanistan, she said.
And before he left, he spoke to their son's first-grade class at Fort Island School in the Copley-Fairlawn school district.
The students made a book for him to take to Afghanistan and each week he talked to the class via Skype.
''They looked up to him as a hero,'' said Ally Wehmann, the first-grade teacher at Fort Island.
She said the children in her classroom learned Monday from their parents that McClimans had died. The students return to class today.
Amanda McClimans said Joshua McClimans was planning on bringing back American flags for the kids in Max's class, as well as teachers and others at the school.
A scholarship fund for McClimans' children has been established at North Akron Savings Bank. Donations to the McClimans Children Memorial Fund, established by Summa Western Reserve Hospital, can be made at any North Akron Savings Bank location.
A funeral in Jamestown is being planned.
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