ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - A local hero was laid to rest Sunday. Family and friends gathered in Rome Sunday afternoon to say goodbye to Specialist Blair Thompson.
The 19 year old was killed on June 25th when his unit was attacked by rocket propelled grenades.
Thompson's leaders say he was the kind of guy you would want to have on your side and he never worried about making the ultimate sacrifice.
Vincent Thompson calls his son a true American hero. He says Blair always wanted to be in the military. He enlisted when he graduated from high school and served with the 101st Airborne Division's First Brigade Combat Team.
"When he was at Fort Campbell...I would always tell him to be careful...and he would always say, that's my job dad," Thompson said.
So on this 4th of July, friends and family are giving a final salute to a fallen comrade, and remembering Blair Thompson as a modest man and a brave solider.