Community mourns NH marine killed in Afghanistan

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June 21, 2014, 9:19 pm
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(NECN: Nicole Jacobs) - Hearts are heavy in Temple, New Hampshire, as bunting goes up for a lost brother.

Lance Cpl. Brandon Garabrant, just 19 years old, was one of three U.S. servicemen killed in Afghanistan Friday. He was a 2013 graduate of ConVal High School and a volunteer firefighter in Temple.

"It's just so hard to explain the commitment that he had and the passion and how positive and excited he was to be able to serve his country," said Chief George Clark, Temple Fire Department.

His mother tearfully told NECN over the phone her son had a heart of gold, was a good kid who loved life, loved God and was a servant.

It's clear what Lance Cpl. Garabrant meant to his community.

"In a small town like us we do feel the impact...we lost a brother," said Clark.

Flags have been at half staff to recognize Lance Cpl. Garabrant's heroic sacrifice and the possibility that he knew all too well.

"He absolutely loved what he was doing even though he knew the risk," said Clark.

In the sweet, yet solemn moment of prayer, the department bowed their heads while never forgetting their friend, their brother, their hero.

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