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David Hillman, DynCorp Civ-Pol, retired customs agent, civilian contractor, killed by suicide bomber in Kandahar Afghanistan

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on February 9, 2011

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) For the second time this week, western New York has lost a native son overseas. David Hillman, a civilian contractor, fell victim to a suicide bomber in Afghanistan.

The family is grieving, but wants the community to know about David Hillman’s devotion to his country, his loved ones, and friends.

David’s mom, Angeline Hillman, said, “He kept telling us, ‘Don’t worry, everything is safe.'”

David Hillman at age 60 had gone to Afghanistan to help teach the police there how to protect their border.

David’s father, “Bud” Hillman said, “He said he just wanted to go over and help.”

David had been situated in the southern province of Kandahar, which remains a hotbed of Taliban activity. A suicide bomber attacked the customs warehouse where David was working. His family believes the bomber was 12-years-old.

David’s sister, Diane Strawbrich, said, “I don’t know how you fight against a 12-year-old walking in and detonating. I don’t know how you avoid that.”

David had avoided injury while serving in Vietnam. He started his career with the U.S. Customs Service in Buffalo back in 1973. When he decided to come out of retirement and work for a contractor in Afghanistan, he told his family not to worry.  Please read the entire story here

Buffalo News

A former U.S. Customs and Border Protection worker who began his career in Buffalo and later moved up the ranks was killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan earlier this week, Department of Homeland Security officials said today.

David Hillman, a Western New York native, was working as a border mentor and adviser in Afghanistan when the attack occurred at the Inland Customs Warehouse in Kandahar.

Three other retired Customs workers, Michael Lachowsky, Terry Sherrill, and Vernon Rinus, were injured in the attack.

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