The Fort Leavenworth community is mourning the loss of Capt. Alex W. Northrup, a 29-year-old Army officer who died due to injuries sustained in a tragic vehicle accident last week.
Last Monday morning, Northrup, Company B commander in the United States Disciplinary Barracks Battalion stationed at Fort Leavenworth, was involved in a two-vehicle collision while riding his motorcycle on Kansas State Route 5 near Leavenworth, according to local police reports obtained by Stars and Stripes.
The severity of the two-vehicle crash led to critical injuries, ultimately claiming Northrup’s life three days later. Northrup died at the University of Kansas Medical Center on Thursday afternoon.
Lt. Gen. Milford H. Beagle, the commanding general of Fort Leavenworth, expressed his grief concerning the death of Northrup in a news release on Facebook. “Yesterday, we lost a member of our Fort Leavenworth family with the death of Cpt. Alex Northrup,” he said. “There are no words that can properly express how saddened I am at losing one of our own. My deepest condolences are with Cpt. Northrup’s family and friends.”
Originally from Wichita, Kansas, Northrup’s military journey began following his commission as an Army officer through the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps after graduating from Kansas State University in 2016.
According to Fox 4 Kansas City, the Leavenworth police are currently conducting a thorough investigation into the two-vehicle crash, seeking to understand the circumstances that led to the tragic death of Northrup.
As the investigation unfolds, Northrup’s legacy as a soldier and as a leader will undoubtedly continue to inspire those who knew him and those who continue to serve in the United States military.
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