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Friday, January 18, 2008

Final Farewell for Fallen Soldier

Friday, January 18, 12:33 p.m.
By Ryan Leckey

Services were held Friday morning in Pittston for Lieutenant Colonel Richard Berrettini,52, who grew up in Luzerne County.


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The neighborhood was silent except for a church bell tolling in the background as Berrettini's flag-draped casket made its way along William Street in Pittston.

An honor guard brought the National Guardsmen's body into Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church where loved ones said goodbye.

"He was one of those guys who really touched your heart," said friend Lieutenant Colonel Steve Zarnowski. "I served with Rich back in the mid 80s, early 90s when we were medics together in the unit up in Scranton. Rich was just a phenominal guy. Very down to earth, wanted to take care of his soldiers, take care of his family."


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An military honor guard carried LTC Richard Berrittini's casket into Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Pittston Friday morning.

Friends of the Dupont native describe him as driven, not only on the homefront as a husband and father of two sons, but also as the officer in charge of a medical clinic in Afghanistan. It was a doctor's office of sorts where, his family said, he took great pride in helping Afghan children and saving the lives of wounded soldiers.

"While it's tragic that the Colonel lost his life I hope his sons will take comfort in knowing that a lot of people got home because their dad was there," said Navy Captain John Feerick.

The Pentagon confirms Lieutenant Colonel Berrettini died last week after a roadside bombing.

Berrittini's body arrived at Wilkes-Barre Scranton International Airport on Tuesday. He was due home in just a few weeks.

Following the Mass in Pittston, the fallen soldier was taken to his final resting place, a cemetery in the Back Mountain. From WNEP

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