Sep 14, 2013
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Connecticut Airman Killed in Afghanistan Remembered for Heroism, Leadership

Connecticut Airman Killed in Afghanistan Remembered for Heroism, Leadership

Florists and funeral directors bow their heads in front of the casket of TJ Lobraico during funeral services at the O'Neill Center in Danbury, Conn. on Friday, Sept. 13, 2013. Staff Sgt. Lobraico, a member of the Air National Guard 105th Security Forces Squadron, was killed last Thursday after his unit was attacked near Bagram Airfield. Hundreds of friends, family members, police officers and military members gathered to remember Lobraico. He was buried in Sherman with full military honors following the ceremony. (AP Photo/ The News-Times, Tyler Sizemore)

DANBURY — As the funeral procession passed, carrying the coffin of third-generation airman Todd J. Lobraico Jr., hundreds of people lined the route, some waving American flags.

The 22-year-old staff sergeant had acted to save members of his unit when it came under attack last week in Afghanistan and he was killed, Stamford police chaplain John Revell told mourners at Lobraico’s funeral Friday at Western Connecticut State University, where he was studying justice and law administration.

Revell said unit members related how Lobraico was leading a foot patrol with eight other airmen and his actions helped the others take cover when they were ambushed near Bagram Airfield. They “stressed that it was T.J.’s actions that were undeniably responsible for their safety,” he said.

Lobraico had followed in the footsteps of his parents and grandparents in serving with the 105th Security Forces Squadron of the New York Air National Guard, where his parents continue to serve. Lobraico’s father, Todd, is an officer in the Stamford Police Department and veteran of the first Gulf War.

At the funeral, Lobraico’s older sister, Jessika, talked about his sense of humor — he loved tuxedo shirts and his dog, an English Mastiff named Gus, had its own Facebook page. She said she would keep her remarks as upbeat as possible.

“My brother gets uncomfortable around sad and crying people,” she said.

Lobraico was sent to Afghanistan at the end of June. He had served previously in Iraq from December 2010 to June 2011. The military said he was killed by small arms fire when the unit was attacked, but it has not provided additional details on the circumstances.

See the full story at the New Haven Register online.


Connecticut Airman Killed in Afghanistan Remembered for Heroism, Leadership

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