Body of Brockport soldier returns home

Posted at: 12/26/2012 3:16 AM
Updated at: 12/26/2012 6:54 PM
By: Christine VanTimmeren

nullThe body of a Brockport soldier killed in action returned home Wednesday.

26-year-old Army Staff Sergeant Nicholas Reid was killed on December 13 after a bomb attacked his unit in Afghanistan. This was Reid's second deployment to Afghanistan.

Every flag on every flagpole in Brockport was at half staff Wednesday. Most flags in Rochester are too. It's a day of mourning for a lot of people on this day after Christmas.

Despite what law enforcement and firefighters in Rochester and Webster are going through, they showed up Wednesday. They performed their duty for Sergeant Reid. The Patriot Guard also performed their duty as they always do for military members.

The family wanted to keep things very private, so the media was kept outside the hanger where Reid's body was brought. The procession of family, police officers and EMS officials and others took Sergeant Reid's body to Fowler Funeral Home in Brockport.

Patriot Guard members said every job they're called to has meaning and purpose, but given what's been happening in our area and around the world, hearts were extra heavy during the procession Wednesday.

Tim Yetter, Patriot Guard Ride Captain, said, "Between the kids in Connecticut a week ago and we knew Staff Sergeant was coming home today. But then the tragedy of the firemen Christmas Eve, it's just heightened the feelings the sorrows of the community as a whole."

Calling hours for Sergeant Reid will be held Friday from noon until 3pm at Fowler Funeral Home on West Avenue in Brockport. The funeral will be held on Saturday at The Father's House in Chili at 11:30am. Sergeant Reid will be buried at Lakeview Cemetery.