After serving his country overseas and making the ultimate sacrifice, a Brockport native has returned home. The body of Army Staff Sergeant Nicholas Reid was flown into Rochester on Wednesday and driven to his hometown to be laid to rest.
It was the kind of homecoming no one hopes for.
But for a fallen hero, and his family, it was the kind of welcome they deserved.
"The veterans today are welcoming home of these heroes that are fighting for their rights," said Tim Yetter, Patriot Guard rider.
A private charter carrying the flag-draped casket of Army Sgt. Nicholas Reid landed in Rochester on Wednesday afternoon. Military members, police, EMS crews, and the Patriot Guard riders were there waiting for him.
"And we're here now to be friends to help to respect the family. They need us now," Yetter said.
Reid joined the Army in 2006, just two years after graduating from Brockport high school. An Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician, Reid was on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan when he was injured by an IED on December 9th.
A few days later, with his family by this side, Reid died at a hospital in Germany. He was just 26 years old.
"That's where the real emotions hit high."
Reid has been honored with the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart for his sacrifice and bravery.
But on a cold December day, it seemed even the most modest of honors was just as important to a family and a community that's lost so much.
"When they go, member to member, and shake your hand, it really means a lot."
Reid is survived by his parents, Ken and Dorothy, and his sister Susie, along with a large extended family. They were too upset to speak with us on camera.
Calling hours for Reid will be held Friday. A funeral with full military honors will take place Saturday morning.