Bracken County readies for return of fallen soldier

2011-07-18T23:00:00Z 2011-07-20T11:02:46Z Bracken County readies for return of fallen soldierWENDY MITCHELL Ledger Independent

MILFORD -- Services for a Bracken County soldier who was killed in Afghanistan on July 14 are still pending, family members said on Monday.

U.S. Army Sgt. Jeremy R. Summers, 27, died after an attack by enemy forces at Paktika province, Afghanistan, U.S. Department of Defense officials said.

"We know the funeral will be at Ware Funeral Home in Cynthiana and he will be buried in Battle Grove Cemetery," said Laura Summers, his mother.

Further details, including the date of his funeral and when his body will arrive locally are still pending, she said.

"We are waiting for the military to do what they need to do," she said.

Laura Summers understands the military way, she served for four years and Jeremy Summers' father, Mike Summers, retired from the military.

Sgt. Summers was a fire support specialist assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell; he had served in Iraq and had also been stationed in Korea during the six years he served in the U.S. Army.

Bracken County residents and business owners are embracing his family and offering displays of condolences and pride.

From Augusta to Brooksville and beyond, flags are at half staff at public and private locations across Bracken County.

In Brooksville, a place Jeremy Summers traveled through on his way to attend Bracken County High School where he graduated in 2002, shopkeepers had begun adorning windows with memorials and patriotic displays.

At the Bracken County Courthouse, a memorial brick filled walkway to the veteran's memorial is lined with flags, in addition to larger flags placed along Miami Street.

Officials have already met with the Summers family and are working on tributes to their son.

"They are a very nice family and they are very proud of their son," said Rep. Mike Denham.

"The community is very engaged in making sure the wishes of his family are met," Denham said. "He gave his life so the rest of us can live free."

Denham, along with Brooksville Mayor Craig Hester, Bracken County School District Superintendent Tony Johnson and Magistrate Scotty Lippert, representing Bracken Fiscal Court in the absence of Judge-Executive Earl Bush, have been working on several projects with Summers and his family in mind, Denham said.

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