Benjamin Davine, Contractor with ITT Mission Systems, Killed in Kuwait
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on August 5, 2011
August 5, 2011
HAMPSTEAD – The Hampstead community is mourning the death of a local Air Force veteran who was killed in an accident Wednesday while working as a civilian contractor in Kuwait.
Benjamin Davine, 27, died when his car was struck by a fuel tanker, his family told WMUR-TV.
A graduate of Pinkerton Academy in Derry, Davine was the son of Nancy and Howard Davine, a former Hampstead selectman and school board member.
Davine was reportedly working for ITT Mission Systems, providing support for military operations as a contract firefighter.
According to his Facebook page, Davine served as a firefighter for six years in the military before becoming a contractor.
Davine’s death overseas is the third to strike this small community in recent years.
Pfc. Matthew L. Bertolino, a Marine from Hampstead, was killed in Afghanistan in 2006. Army Capt. Jonathan D. Grassbaugh died a year later in a roadside bombing in Iraq. Grassbaugh was the son of Hampstead Middle School Principal Patti Grassbaugh.
“I really feel so, so sad. It’s just really unbelievable to have lost three of our students,” said Hampstead School Board Chairman Natalie Gallo.
Gallo remembers all three men when they attended school in Hampstead, where she was the middle school librarian for over 30 years before retiring in 2000. Davine’s mother also once worked at the middle school.
“I just really and truly can’t believe it,” Gallo said.