Bristol soldier killed in suicide bombing attack in Afghanistan

Master Sgt. Peter Andrew Mckenna Jr.

By: Melissa Randall 

The East Bay is mourning the loss of a local hero.  First Sgt. P. Andrew McKenna of Bristol was killed while fighting in Afghanistan Friday. 

McKenna, a Special Forces soldier, died in a suicide bombing attack. It was one attack in a series that rocked Kabul, leaving more than 40 people dead and more than 300 injured. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for at least two of the bombings. 

McKenna was recently recognized for having traveled the furthest distance to be at the 2015 Bristol Fourth Of July Celebration. Sen. Jack Reed issued the following statement Saturday night after learning of the Sergeant’s death:

“I join all Rhode Islanders in mourning the loss of Andrew McKenna. I've had the privilege of meeting Andrew and his family. Sgt. McKenna was an extraordinary young man with a big heart and a dedicated, distinguished soldier.
‎"We are forever indebted to Sgt. McKenna for his service and sacrifice. America has lost a true patriot and I offer my deepest condolences to his family, friends, and fellow soldiers. Andrew’s life was cut short, but his service will not be forgotten.”

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo issued the following statement:

"First Sergeant P. Andrew McKenna served our nation with distinction. All Rhode Islanders are grateful for his service, and our prayers are with his family and loved ones. We have lost a patriot and a hero."

In recognition of his sacrifice, and of his family’s sacrifice, the Governor is ordering the Rhode Island flag be flown at half staff beginning Tuesday through First Sgt. McKenna’s services. 

Some information provided by the AP
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