Spokane Native Among Those Killed In Fort Hood Shooting Rampage

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Sixty-two year old Michael Grant Cahill, a Spokane native, was among those killed at Fort Hood Thursday.

The Spokane Spokesman-Review rand Associated Press report that Cahill was a physician assistant who worked at the base as a civilian contractor. He was one of 13 people killed by suspected gunman Maj. Nidal MalikHasan, an Army psychiatrist.

Cahill suffered a heart attack two weeks ago and returned to work at the base after taking just one week off for recovery, said his daughter Keely Vanacker.

"He survived that. He was getting back on track, and he getskilled by a gunman," Vanacker said, her words bare with shock anddisbelief.

Cahill, who lived in Cameron, Texas, helped treat soldiers returning fromtours of duty or preparing for deployment. Often, Vanacker said,Cahill would walk young soldiers where they needed to go, just tomake sure they got the right treatment.

"He loved his patients, and his patients loved him," saidVanacker, 33, the oldest of Cahill's three adult children. "Hejust felt his job was important."

Cahill, who was born in Spokane, Wash., had worked as a civiliancontractor at Fort Hood for about four years, after jobs in ruralhealth clinics and at Veterans Affairs hospitals. He and his wife,Joleen, had been married 37 years.

Cahill's body was being transported to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware for an autopsy.

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