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    Rest in peace brother...thank you for your dedicated service to our country!

    Volunteer firefighter from Pa. killed in Iraq
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A volunteer firefighter inspired to join the
    military following 9/11 was killed by an improvised explosive
    device in Iraq on Sunday, his family said.
    Army Spc. Tristan Smith, 23, of Bryn Athyn, was on patrol
    northwest of Baghdad when he was killed, his father said Monday.
    Smith joined the volunteer Bryn Athyn Fire Company at the age of
    16. He quickly rose to lieutenant after becoming trained in
    firefighting and emergency medical services.
    Smith's father, Grant Smith, said his son had considered joining
    the military while he was in high school, but the Sept. 11
    terrorist attacks - and the deaths of firefighters in the World
    Trade Center - drove him to enlist. He joined the Army in July 2004
    after two years at Bryn Athyn College.
    Kenneth Schauder, emergency medical services chief for the Bryn
    Athyn Fire Company, said, "After Sept. 11, he knew what he needed
    to do."
    Smith said his son's experience in the military had made him
    into a confident young man.
    "He grew up. He really seemed sure of who he was and what he
    wanted to do, looking forward to getting out and moving ahead with
    his life," Smith said.
    Smith said his son was fun-loving and enjoyed any kind of
    outdoor activity.
    After the family was notified of Tristan Smith's death, Schauder
    lowered the flag to half-staff and hung black bunting at the
    firehouse.
    "He lived to be a firefighter," Schauder said.
    In addition to his father, Tristan Smith is survived by his
    mother, two sisters and a brother.
    ---
    Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer,
    http://www.philly.com

    (Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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    Rest in Peace brother

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      Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anam.

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