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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Another PA Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

Luzerne County Soldier Dies in Afghanistan

Posted: May 21, 2008 03:03 PM

Last Updated: May 21, 2008 03:26 PM

First Lieutenant Jeff DePrimo of Pittston was killed this week by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.
First Lieutenant Jeff DePrimo of Pittston was killed this week by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

By Ryan Leckey------WNEP-TV 16

The military confirms a soldier from Luzerne County was killed this week in Afghanistan.

People who knew Pittston native First Lieutenant Jeff DePrimo opened up about the 35 year old who lost his life just months after arriving overseas.

They're still in shock after learning Tuesday about the soldier's death.

The father of the 35 year old got the news at work.

There isn't a lot of activity on this day at Barber Ford in Exeter. Inside the car dealership along Wyoming Avenue the emotions are still raw.

One of the owners, Matt DePrimo, was visibly shaken. He not only lost an employee who left to fight as a soldier in Afghanistan, he lost his nephew, First Lieutenant Jeff DePrimo.

"It's just a tragic loss to lose a young man who cared about so many people and so many things," Matt DePrimo said.

Matt's nephew is a member of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard based in West Pittston.

The 35-year-old soldier was killed in Afghanistan this week.

"The Humvee he was in was hit by a roadside bomb. There were four people in the vehicle. He was the only one who was killed. We don't know the condition of the others who were with him," the soldier's uncle said.

It's not just the soldier's coworkers and family who are remembering him but people from the high school he attended as well.

Holy Redeemer High School principal Jim Redington learned of the death of the former student Wednesday morning. "Immediately the name was all too familiar to me," he said.

Redington was the assistant principal at the once Seton Catholic High School where he first met the National Guardsman.

He described Jeff DePrimo as an honor roll student focused on his studies and music. Many knew DePRimo as an accomplished guitarist who shared his talents.

"To sum it all up, this is a quality young man who gave the ultimate in supporting and defending his country," Redington added.

The DePrimo family is still making funeral arrangements for the fallen soldier.


Anonymous said...

My husband is also over in Afghanistan, so if anyone knows the fears and emotions that a soldiers family goes thru, I think I do. My heart goes out to the family and our prayers stay with them as well as our soldiers that are still there. I recently went thru a tragic loss of my best friend last year and the only words that gave me any comfort were 'peace, be still'. Sometimes when you feel you should be out running around trying to undo what's already happened you have to remember that HE is God and HE is with you always. All you have to do is be still and listen because you will feel his comfort. With that, I pray for peace for the family and hope they feel the support of the military family.

Anonymous said...

I just found out about this today. I am a fellow soldier of Lt. Deprimo. I am currently serving in the Sinai Peninsula. He was in my home unit back at Pittston. I am shocked to hear that we have lost such a great asset. He was truely one of the best leaders I've known and he took care of his troops. I just hope the rest of the guys come home safe. All my thoughts and prayers go out to his friends, family and fellow soldiers. I'll miss ya 1LT Jeff Deprimo.

- Sgt Borland, Douglas R.