Memorial Service For Fallen Airman

By: Bailey Myers Email
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By: Bailey Myers
September 16th, 2013

Tallahassee FL- Hundreds are mourning the loss of one of their brothers at the Moody Air Force base. A memorial service was held there for an airman recently killed in Afghanistan.

One Airmen explained, "He died in combat a hero. I just wanted to say that we will never forget our brother."
U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Todd Labraico Jr. was killed in action September 5th after his unit was attacked by enemy forces in Afghanistan. He was 22-years old.

His friend, Senior Airman Heather Windsor said, "When you think of TJ you always thought of a good kid. He was always happy. For it to happen to someone like him. I think it was harder to swallow because he had such a bright future."

Sergeant Labraico's unit worked closely with one stationed at the Moody Air Force Base. His fellow airmen say Sgt. Labraico became known as the jokester on the base. That jokester was honored Monday afternoon, for more than just laughs.

Major Andrew Resh said, "He was one of us. I mean we could all put ourselves in Sergeant Labraico's shoes and envision ourselves being out there in that patrol and being in that fire fight."

He was not from Georgia. He was not based at Moody. He was however, a man who fought side-by-side.. A brother... and a fellow airmen.

Sergeant Lobraico was from Connecticut. He was buried in a cemetery in his hometown of Sherman last week.

By: Bailey Myers
September 16, 2013

Valdosta, GA - A memorial service was held today at the Moody Air Force base after losing a fellow airman. US Air Force Staff Sergeant Todd Lobraico died September 5th after his unit was attacked by enemy forces in Afghanistan. Although he was not assigned to Moody his unit was paired with a unit from this base.

He became very close with the airmen here and that's why today they honored his memory.

I spoke with some of the airmen closest to him today and we'll bring you their words tonight on Eyewitness News at 11.

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