Posted 6:16 PM 10/15/2012 : Sierra Vista residents say soldier's death a travesty
TUCSON-A man with close ties to Southern Arizona has died while serving our country.
Twenty-nine-year-old Sergeant First Class Ryan Savard from Sierra Vista was shot while on patrol in Afghanistan. Savard was stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. He graduated from Buena High School in 2001.
The death of Savard struck a chord with people in Sierra Vista. Although supporters of the war in Afghanistan said troops are needed there to keep the country from being a safe haven for terrorists, those mourning Savard's death said enough is enough.
Sierra Vista residents are calling Ryan Savard's death a travesty.
Just a few months after high school, Savard enlisted in the Army. After years of service, he was killed in Afghanistan. "It hurts," said Vietnam Veteran John Ogao.
He said Savard's death hits close to home. "I lost a lot of buddies in the war, and you don't forget that," said Ogao.
He said he is still mourning his fellow soldiers. "I think we should call them all back home. Now," said Ogao.
Donna Doan grew up in Vietnam during the war. "When I was thirteen years old, I watched my father die," said Doan.
She said he was on his way to work when it happened.
"They drop the bomb, and I don't know...He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time," said Doan.
She said losing a loved one that way is a horrible thing and can sympathize with veterans like Ogao.
"It breaks my heart," said Doan.
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