Solider from Fall River among those killed Tuesday in Afghanistan

By: News Staff


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A Special Forces soldier, originally from Fall River was one of three US service members killed in Afghanistan Tuesday when a roadside bomb exploded near their convoy.

Sergeant First Class Eric Emond was a graduate of Durfee High School in Fall River, and was also the founder of the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes program.

The 39-year-old was part of a military convoy that was struck by an IED Tuesday in the Ghazni province of Afghanistan.

Emond had more than 21 years of military service, serving in both the Marine Corps and the Army.

He was in the midst of his seventh overseas tour.

Friends say he was a husband and father of three, who had a passion for life and a passion to serve his country.

A decorated veteran, Emond was the recipient of three Bronze Star Medals and two Purple Heart Medals.

He was previously injured in 2009 by another IED and went on to start the non-profit organization, Massachusetts Fallen Heroes, which helps Gold star families in the Bay State.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack which killed Emond, and two other soldiers in his convoy.

Friends say Emond was a warrior, and a gentleman.


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