Fallen Soldier is laid to rest

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

A final good-bye to a fallen soldier, Private First Class Dustin Napier's funeral was held in London Thursday.

Hundreds came to say good-bye to a young man many are calling a hero.

The funeral service was completely full with people standing all around the room to show respect for this fallen soldier.

WYMT was not allowed to film the funeral service but the ministers talked about how Dustin Napier loved his family, loved the church, and loved his country.

It's a day no one wanted to see come so soon.

"It breaks my heart. It's just sad to lose young people like that," said James Clendenning with the Patriot Guard Riders.

Dustin Napier was only 20 years old when his life was taken in Afghanistan.

"I've known from a very young age that freedom isn't free as these young men and women deserve the honor that we try to give them when something like this happens," said Clendenning.

Hundreds of people, some who did not even know Napier, came to show respect and support for a family mourning the loss of this young soldier.

"There is a great amount of patriotism in this county as there is all over the Commonwealth, and this is a way of us showing support to the family and how much we believe in our country," said Deputy Gilbert Acciardo with the Laurel County Sheriff's Office.

With dozens of American flags waving on a cold Thursday afternoon, 21 guns saluted this fallen soldier, and a flag was presented to a grieving wife.

All in honor of a life cut too short while serving this country protecting our freedom.

Napier was playing volleyball with his fellow soldiers in Afghanistan when someone started shooting at the group. Napier died and two other soldiers were injured.

His body arrived back in Kentucky on Tuesday. Visitation services were held for Napier on Wednesday, leading up to his funeral on Thursday.

Governor Beshear ordered that all flags are to remain at half-staff on Thursday in observance of his funeral.

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