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Local soldier remembered after giving his life trying to help a fallen comrade

Updated: Tuesday, October 8 2013, 06:31 PM CDT
Reported by Donna Kirker-Morgan:

Carlisle -- A Cumberland County man is dead after he gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country.

This weekend 25-year-old Sergeant Patrick Hawkins was killed in Afghanistan trying to rescue a fellow ranger.

Word of Patrick Hawkins death Sunday was quietly shared through a neighborhood email. The email asked anyone with an American flag to hang it in memory of the Ranger who died in the line of duty.

Sgt. Patrick Hawkins was killed in his fourth tour of duty in Afghanistan. He and three other service members were killed by an IED.

The Carlisle Area High School Class of 2007 graduate was serving with the 3rd Battalion, 75th Regiment.
His Battalion Commander, Lt. Col. Patrick J. Ellis  reports "he was moving to the aid of a wounded Ranger when he was killed. His actions that night were in keeping with the epitome of the Ranger Creed: ‘I will never leave a fallen comrade.’"

Neighbors of his parents hung American flags in honor of Hawkins as the military posthumously awarded him the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Purple Heart.

Col. Christopher S. Vanek, Commander of the 75th Ranger Regiment said "Those who knew him understood he was a man of character and commitment. He excelled as a Ranger Team Leader, always leading from the front and highly respected by all of his fellow Rangers who fought with him. His loss is felt by the entire Regiment.”

He is survived by his wife, Brittanie M. Hawkins and his parents.Local soldier remembered after giving his life trying to help a fallen comrade


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