Town officials in Madison were informed Tuesday about the recent passing of a captain in the United States Army, who was from Connecticut.
Madison First Selectman Fillmore McPherson told Eyewitness News that he has learned of the death of Andrew Michael Pedersen-Keel. McPherson said Pedersen-Keel died while serving in Afghanistan.
"This is a tragic loss, we are deeply saddened," McPherson said. "Always tough when it is a local connection."
McPherson told the Associated Press that Pederson-Keel was one of two soldiers killed in an attack at a police station in eastern Afghanistan.
According to the Associated Press, two special forces soldiers were killed Monday when a policeman fired at people leaving a meeting at district police headquarters in Wardak province. The Pentagon has not released their names.
Pedersen-Keel moved to Madison after he graduated from Avon Old Farms School in 2003. His parents still live in Madison.
Pedersen-Keel graduated from West Point in 2006.
He was part of the Company B 1st Battalion third special forces group, which is based out of Fort Bragg in North Carolina.
Funeral arrangements are currently being worked on by the family.
"There's a camaraderie that you'll never know unless you've been in that type of situation with your other comrades-in-arms. And it's very sad for them knowing their loss," said Robert Squirrel, who is an Iraq War veteran. "It's also sad for the family. That person was so far away and they can't be there."
Residents in Madison reacted to the news.
"I just think it's a shame whenever we lose one of our kids," said Jim DeCosta of Madison. "Be good to get them back home."
McPherson ordered the flags in town to be flown at half-staff.
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