Erika Niedowski, Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island National Guard sergeant who was killed saving a boy in Afghanistan has been remembered as a hero.

Rhode Island National Guard commander Kevin McBride said Monday that Sgt. Dennis Weichel Jr. had “the courage of a warrior” and “the heart of a father.”

A memorial service was held for the 29-year-old Weichel at Swan Point Cemetery in Providence. He was buried with full military honors at the Veterans Cemetery in Exeter.

The Providence resident was struck and killed by an armored vehicle March 22 after moving an Afghan boy to safety who was trying to retrieve something under the vehicle. The military previously reported the child was a girl.

Weichel was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and NATO Service Medal Afghanistan Campaign Ribbon RI Star.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Comments (2)
  1. Lieut Dan's Aunt says:

    and now he belongs to the ages. another young hero taken far too soon from those who knew and loved him. thank you dennis weichel for gracing our planet. my tears and much love to your family and friends. a mother should never have to bury her children. stand at ease with your comrades of many generations, watch over all who serve in harm’s way.

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