At­tack in Afghanistan killed Illi­nois sol­dier, Ok­la­homa man

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

A dec­o­rated U.S. sol­dier from Illi­nois and an Army civil­ian em­ployee from Ok­la­homa who both had been de­ployed mul­ti­ple times to sup­port mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions in Afghanistan were killed in an at­tack this week in Kabul, the De­fense De­part­ment said.

Army Sgt. Dou­glas J. Riney, 26, of Fairview, Illi­nois, and Michael G. Sauro, 40, of McAlester, Ok­la­homa, died of wounds re­ceived when they en­coun­tered hos­tile en­emy forces in Afghanistan’s cap­i­tal, the mil­i­tary an­nounced Thurs­day.

“Mike was the type of per­son who no mat­ter what you asked of him, he was al­ways will­ing to lend a help­ing hand to ev­ery­body,” said Deb­o­rah Schreiner, chief of HAZ­MAT Train­ing at the De­fense Am­mu­ni­tion Cen­ter, Ok­la­homa, where Sauro was as­signed. “He was such a joy to work with and al­ways so up­beat.”

The De­fense De­part­ment ini­tially said in a state­ment that the men died Thurs­day, but later con­firmed the deaths were Wed­nes­day.

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