Services for fallen soldier to be held

By: Melissa Randall

The Northborough, Mass. paratrooper killed in a firefight earlier this month will be laid to rest this week. Friends and family will gather his home town Monday and Tuesday as they prepare to say good– bye to Spc. Brian Arsenault.

Calling hours for the specialist will be held this afternoon from 3 to 8 pm at St. Rose of Lima church in Northborough. A funeral mass will be held at the same church Tuesday morning. Arsenault, 28, was killed September 4th during a firefight between his unit and enemy forces. The paratrooper had been in Ghazni since January. He was due to come home in November.

“The thought came up. The thought went away. But as time went on it just never left him—Brian wanted to join the military,” said Dan Arsenault, Spc. Arsenault’s father during a remembrance a few weeks ago.

“I think it’s a shock to everybody. It’s a nightmare coming true,” said friend Dave Cooley, during that same remembrance.

Arsenault grew up in Northborough, and played hockey and baseball at Algonquin Regional High School. He graduated in 2004.

The paratrooper will be laid to rest with full military honors. His family takes comfort in knowing that their son gave his life for a cause he believed in.

Arsenault had been assigned to the 1st Battalion, 504th parachute infantry regiment out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Information provided by WCVB-TV, AP

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