Funeral services set for Marine killed in Calif. accident
Funeral services have been set for Sgt. Gary Wilson, the U.S. Marine killed in a motorcycle accident in California earlier this month.
Wilson, 33, most recently of Murrieta, Calif., died on Nov. 16 after an accident near died in a motorcycle crash outside San Diego.
He was assigned to the 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment in San Diego.
Wilson grew up on Central and Laurel avenues in Bridgeport and attended Bassick High School.
He was the husband of Zuleika Pagan-Wilson, father of Ian Lenford Wilson and Odin Jax Wilson and brother of Terry Ann Nicole Hutchinson.
Wilson was born in Jamaica, the son of Lenford George Wilson and Pamela Opal Clarke; prior to relocating to the Bridgeport area years ago.
Wilson enlisted in the Marine Corps in March 2010. He was assigned to the depot as a drill instructor in March 2016 after service in Okinawa, Japan, and Camp Pendleton, Calf.
In September, Wilson was going to work when he saw a flaming car. He told San Diego news media that he jumped off his motorcycle and ran to the burning vehicle.
Wilson saw a woman trapped inside, so he broke the driver’s side window and pulled her from the car. She had a concussion and blood on her face, reports said.
“I had my jacket on and didn’t think about it. I just broke the window and pulled her out,” Wilson said, according to media reports.
“I was doing my job as a Marine. We’re here to serve the people. Not just during war time, but all the time,” Wilson said at the time.
Kristina Hill, who photographed Wilson rescuing the woman from the burning car on a California highway in September, told Hearst Connecticut Media, “he was selfless and heroic. I’m honored to have known him and witness his greatness first hand,”
“Gary walked up and was able to pry open her door and cradle carry her to the safety of another person’s car. It was amazing to witness. So selfless and brave. One week to the day later, Gary texted me and told me he had witnessed another accident, this time involving a motorcycle, on the same freeway. He sent me photos and video of him performing CPR ... again trying to save someone’s life and jumping in to help without hesitation,” Hill said.
Friends and family are invited to attend Wilson’s calling hours from 6 to 8 p.m on Friday at the Funeraria Luz de Paz (Families First at Luz de Paz,) 426 E. Washington Ave., Bridgeport. A funeral service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial with full military honors will follow at Mountain Grove Cemetery, 2675 North Ave in Bridgeport.
Visit his online memorial page where you may share your memories, prayers and more at www.luzdepaz.com