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May 15, 2014 8:21 PM by Lauren Reimer

Tucson soldier makes the ultimate sacrifice for his country

A Tucson soldier has made the ultimate sacrifice for his country while supporting Operation Enduring freedom in Afghanistan.

Command Sergeant Major Martin R. Barreras grew up on the south side of Tucson. His parents, Ray and Gloria, still live there. Barreras graduated from Sunnyside High School and later joined the Army. He served for the next 29 years, and had multiple combat deployments, including Panama, Haiti, and Iraq.

During his most recent, and final tour of Afghanistan, Barreras' family says he had been attempting to help a friendly Afghan soldier when he was reportedly shot by a sniper on May 6th.

Barreras was sent to Texas for treatment where he died on Tuesday.

The 49-year-old has two siblings, three children, and three grandchildren. One of whom, he never had a chance to meet.

His family tells News 4 Tucson Barreras has a list of awards a mile long. A third Purple Heart and another Bronze Star has been added to that list.

The Barreras family is still planning his funeral arrangements. They hope to hold a memorial service for him later in the month.

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