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Funeral services held for fallen Connecticut airman

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Police salute as the casket of Staff Sgt. Todd J. Lobraico Jr. goes by. Police salute as the casket of Staff Sgt. Todd J. Lobraico Jr. goes by.
Police lined up as casket of Staff Sgt. Todd J. Lobraico Jr. leaves service. Police lined up as casket of Staff Sgt. Todd J. Lobraico Jr. leaves service.
DANBURY, CT (WFSB) -

A 22-year-old airman from Connecticut, who was killed in Afghanistan last week, was laid to rest Friday afternoon.

Western Connecticut State University hosted the funeral services for 22-year-old Staff Sgt. Todd Lobraico Jr.

"What more can a man do than lay down his life for his brothers and that's just what TJ did and that struck me," said Dr George Kain, who was Lobraico's former professor at Western Connecticut State University.

Lobraico, who was a member of the New York Air National Guard, was killed in the line of duty while trying to warn fellow airmen when his unit came under attack near Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan last week.

"He was a hero anyway but he died in such a heroic way," said New Fairfield First Selectman Susan Chapman.

According to family members, Lobraico was on his second overseas deployment after joining the Guard in 2008.

Before joining the service, Lobraico graduated from New Fairfield High School in 2008. After his service, he was planning to return to Connecticut to be a police officer like his father.

The Stamford Police Department saluted the casket of Lobraico as it drove by the station Friday.

"When the motorcade came through town all these people were around me, not one person was making a sound," Chapman said.

Burial services were held at a cemetery in Sherman after the precession.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy ordered flags to fly at half-staff until sunset Friday in Lobraico's honor. However, in New Fairfield they plan to keep it lowered.

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