May 25, 2014 12:44 AM by Nathan O'Neal
TUCSON - A local hero was laid to rest Saturday after he succumbed to injuries sustained while serving in Afghanistan.
Command Sergeant Major Martin Barreras, 49, was recognized in an emotional service that included a procession and full military service.
He is known as a local hero for his commitment to family, community and country. He played a role in the rescue of Private Jessica Lynch and also volunteered to ensure nine fallen U.S. troops made it back home.
The latest deployment was supposed to be his last before he retired.
His brother, Dave Barreras, spoke passionately at the funeral service.
"Talking with the military, they used words like ‘hero', ‘legend' and ‘legacy' ... and I think of our family because that's what he did. He set a standard for all of us," Dave Barreras said.
Martin Barreras was modest about his decorated history of service - even though he spent 29 years in the armed forces.
"What made Marty an awesome soldier also made him our brother, and our family member and an inspiration to us all," said his brother, Andy Barreras.
Hundreds paused to pay their respects to Martin Barreras- a man who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to his country.
"All you men in uniform, I salute you for what you do," his brother Dave said. "I want to thank you for bringing my brother home."