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Student died Monday of heart attack

A VSU student and naval reservist died of a massive heart attack while jogging Monday morning.

Ben Herron, age 22, was found around 9:30 a.m., on Old Pine Road by county workers.

Herron was part of the fraternity Phi Sigma Kappa Psi and was a Criminal Justice major who was taking this fall semester off.

He was born in Seoul, South Korea, but grew up in Valdosta. He was raised in the military lifestyle.

“He was an easygoing guy, always happy and a perfect boyfriend,” said Sabrina Dale, Herron’s girlfriend and senior early childhood education major. “We spent every day together.”

Dale and Herron has been friends since they were 12 years old, and they had planned to get married at the end of next year.

He attended Wiregrass Georgia Technical College’s Paramedic technology program to become a certified paramedic. Herron wanted to become part of the Valdosta Police Department, but his long term goal was to be a U.S. Marshall.

Herron was a Georgia Bulldogs football fan and enjoyed playing baseball and wrestling. He was also into karate.

After finding his body, emergency workers attempted to resuscitate him, but the hospital pronounced him dead around 10:20 a.m. Monday.

Ben Herron’s viewing will be Friday at 6 p.m. at Carson McLane Funeral Home, and his funeral will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church located on Gornto Road.

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