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Wayne Willard Returns Home with Honor

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on June 17, 2010

Body of former Calhoun officer killed in Afghanistan returns home

CALHOUN — The threat of storms did not keep the friends and family of former Calhoun police Sgt. Wayne Willard from paying him tribute as a convoy of Patriot Guard riders, police, emergency management and firefighters escorted his body to Thomas Funeral Home Wednesday evening.

Willard’s friend Deborah Kittle of Dalton waited more than three hours for the processional.

“It’s awesome he gave his life for our freedom,” said Kittle. “It saddens me that more people aren’t here.”

Willard, 44, worked for security contractor Dyncorp. He was killed on June 7 after a suicide attack at a police training camp in Afghanistan.

“I appreciate his service,” said Jackie Keck, aunt of Willard’s wife Liz.

Willard had previously worked with the Calhoun Police Department and Whitfield County Sheriff’s Department, and served with the Northwest Georgia Emergency Response bomb squad based in Floyd County.

Willard will remain at Thomas Funeral home until Thursday at 4:30 p.m., when it will be taken to Trinity Baptist Church for a 5 p.m. memorial service. There will not be a graveside service. Original Story here

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