Saturday, June 14, 2008

Hundreds salute soldier




STILLWATER — Hundreds of people holding American flags lined the streets of Stillwater for more than five miles Friday as the funeral procession of Army Reserve Maj. Scott Allen Hagerty passed by them.

Hagerty, 41, of Stillwater, was killed June 3 while serving in Zormat, Afghanistan, when a roadside bomb exploded near his military vehicle during a patrol, the Department of Defense said.

About 1,000 people attended his funeral Friday in the First United Methodist Church, where Hagerty was remembered as a peacemaker who touched countless lives.

"He was going to do what was right no matter what. He had a soldier's heart. It immediately cries out, 'If you're going to send someone, send me,' " Army Master Sgt. Charles Smith said.

Army Command Sgt. Maj. Steve Roberts said Hagerty "was a guy whose actions spoke louder than words.

"He was doing exactly what he wanted to do. He truly loved soldiers, trusted soldiers.

"Selfless sacrifice — that's Scott in a nutshell," Roberts said.

Maj. Hagerty leaves behind a wife Daphne and sons Jonathan (age 10) and Samuel (20 months).

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