Fallen sol­dier’s name added to na­tional me­mo­rial

The News-Times - - NEWS - By Ken­dra Baker

SHER­MAN — The name of a fallen lo­cal vet­eran was added to the Na­tional Law En­force­ment Of­fi­cers Me­mo­rial this week.

Staff Sgt. Todd James “TJ” Lo­braico Jr. was one of 371 fallen law en­force­ment of­fi­cers whose names were added to the me­mo­rial in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., this year and hon­ored dur­ing the Na­tional Law En­force­ment Of­fi­cers Me­mo­rial Fund’s

31st An­nual Can­dle­light Vigil on Mon­day.

Lo­braico died Sept. 5,

2013, in Afghanista­n while serv­ing ac­tive duty with the U.S. Air Force’s 105th Se­cu­rity Forces Squadron. He was 22.

The New Mil­ford-born Sher­man man en­listed in the 105th Air­lift Wing af­ter grad­u­at­ing from New Fair­field High School in 2008.

Af­ter com­plet­ing the Air Force’s Ba­sic Mil­i­tary Train­ing and Se­cu­rity Forces Ap­pren­tice School, Lo­braico was de­ployed to Balad Air Base in Iraq from De­cem­ber 2010 to June 2011. He was killed dur­ing his se­cond de­ploy­ment.

Lo­braico had been study­ing jus­tice and law ad­min­is­tra­tion at Western Con­necti­cut State Uni­ver­sity in Dan­bury, with the goal of be­com­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer.

He was posthu­mously awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Valor in 2015.

Hearst Con­necti­cut Me­dia file photo

The fam­ily of Staff Sgt. Todd T.J. Lo­braico Jr. stands by his cof­fin at a grave­side cer­e­mony at North Ceme­tery in Sher­man on Sept. 13, 2013.


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