Retired Air Force Tech. Sgt. Sean Harvell, a two-time Silver Star recipient, drowned Tuesday near his home in Long Beach, California, according to local reports.
Harvell, 33, was found dead floating in the water off a local beach, according to a report in the The Long Beach Post. A private security officer attempted to provide life-saving care until emergency services arrived, but the Long Beach Fire Department declared Harvell deceased, the Post said.
Harvell was one of only three airmen to have earned two Silver Stars during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Jane Maher, Harvell's mother, said in a post to her Facebook page that it seemed her son could do anything.
"He was a great American hero. He served our country for many years. And he kicked a lot of ass," she said.
According to Maher, the cause of death appears to be an "accidental drowning in front of the beach apartment he loved so much."