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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Fallen Soldier Returns Home

Wednesday, January 16, 6:17 a.m.
By Jim Hamill

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An officer who grew up in Luzerne County and who died from injuries overseas has finally come home.

A military helicopter flew over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport Tuesday. Below, the flag-draped casket of Lieutenant Colonel Richard Berrettini was placed in the hearse.

The fallen soldier's brother provided us a glimpse of who the National Guardsman was.

"Please remember my brother Rich, as a devoted father, dedicated soldier, and a man who took great pleasure and pride in being able to help the children of Afghanistan. Unfortunately, it is always the innocent who suffer, " said Nello Berrettini of his brother.

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The body of Lieutenant Colonel Richard Berrettini was returned home Tuesday.

According to military officials, Lieutenant Colonel Berrettini died last week, succumbing to injuries he suffered from a roadside bomb January 2 in Afghanistan.

He had been assigned to medical teams and worked closely with children. He was scheduled to return home at the end of this month.

Lieutenant Colonel Berrettini grew up in Dupont. Flags there were lowered to half-staff in his memory. Even though he moved to western Pennsylvania, the fallen hero will be buried Friday in Luzerne County.

Adonizio Funeral Home on Williams Street in Pittston said there will be viewings for Lieutenant Colonel Berrettini on Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be said on Friday at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Pittston.


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