Body of Coral Springs Soldier Killed in Afghanistan Returned To Florida

Warrant Officer Joseph Schiro of Coral Springs died from small arms fire in Afghanistan on Oct. 6

Monday, Oct 15, 2012  |  Updated 10:14 AM EDT
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The body of a Coral Springs soldier who died in Afghanistan is back in Florida.

A Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office statement says 27-year-old Warrant Officer Joseph Schiro died from small arms fire in Afghanistan on Oct. 6. He was flown to Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach on Sunday.

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The Florida Army National Guard and the Sheriff's Office are teaming up to receive the soldier's body at the airport. The 1218th Transportation Company of over 100 Soldiers will honor Schiro as he is taken off the plane. Six sheriff's office motormen will escort the hero from the airport to the funeral home.

Schiro was on his fifth combat deployment and his fourth to Afghanistan, the Army said in a statement. He is survived by his wife, three children and parents.

The sheriff's office statement says Schiro "paid the ultimate price in the name of his country and should be honored as such."

Schiro's many awards include two Bronze Star Medals, two Army Commendation Medals, two Army Good Conduct Medals, and the National Defense Service Medal.

Staff Sgt. Justin C. Marquez, 25, of Aberdeen, N.C., was killed the same day in the Chak district in Wardak Province.

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