ST. PETERSBURG - Today, St. Petersburg High School will be retiring the basketball jersey of Army Spec. Brittany Gordon, a former student who was killed while serving in Afghanistan.
Gordon’s jersey will be retired at half-time during the girl’s varsity game at 7:45 p.m.
Spc. Brittany Gordon, the daughter of St. Petersburg Assistant Police Chief Cedric Gordon and Brenda Gordon, is female soldier killed in battle from the Tampa Bay area, including Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties.
Gordon was serving in Operation Enduring Freedom when she died along with another soldier in October.
Gordon graduated from St. Petersburg High School in 2006 and attended the University of Florida for one year before she decided to pursue a career in the military.
Her grandmother, Sarah Thompson, recalls that Brittany was so determined to join the military, that she took up a running regimen to drop the pounds and reach the required weight necessary to join the military.
She graduated from basic training in 2010 and spent a year in Seattle before going to Afghanistan.
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