Cameron resident dies at Fort Hood

Cahill Cahill A 62-year-old Cameron man, who had only recently returned to work at Fort Hood after a hear t attack, was one of 13 persons killed Thursday, Nov. 5, in the shooting rampage on the base.

Mike Cahill was a physician assistant at the Army base and was on the job when a gunm identified as Major Nidal Hasan opened fire in the post's Soldier Readiness Processing Center.

Cahill had worked at Fort Hood for seven years. He assisted soldiers being deployed and also those returning from overseas.

On Oct. 13 Cahill sustained a heart attack. He went back to work five days later.

A native of Washington state, Cahill earned a degree in psychology from Eastern Washington University then became certified as a physician assistant at the University of Oklahoma through an Air Force program.

From 1997 through 2000 he worked for Cameron physician Dr. Sid Richardson.

Cahill had also worked as an orderly at a Montana hospital, a rural clinic in Oregon and in Russia as a physician assistant for an aircraft company.

Cahill's w ife Jolene is an employee of the Milam County Attorney's office.

She told news media the family was unable to contact Mike Cahill after the shootings but was holding onto the hope that first news reports from the scene indicated only military personnel had been killed.

At 11:15 p.m. Army representatives arrived to inform Mrs. Cahill of her husband's death.

Cahill was the only civilian killed in the shooting.

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