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Local soldier laid to rest in Fort Necessity

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WINNSBORO, La. (KNOE 8 News) - An ArkLaMiss community is in mourning, as soldier Bryan Henderson, was laid to rest Friday.

Chief Warrant Officer in the U.S. Army and Fort Necessity native, Bryan Henderson, was laid to rest today in his hometown. Henderson died on March 11, in a helicopter crash while serving in Afghanistan.

Hundreds attended the service, many of whom didn't even know him. Most of the Patriot Guard riders didn't know Henderson personally, but some rode over 300 miles, to pay their respects to a soldier who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

"Somebody like me who never served in the military," says Terry Simmons, "it's my way of serving, by honoring and respecting what they've done."

Those that knew Henderson say he was one-of-a-kind.

"The most respectable young man that I've ever known. Period," says veteran Jerry Martin. He met Bryan Henderson about 20 years ago, and says Henderson knew he wanted to become a pilot almost as long.

"He knew when he was in grade school," says Martin, "that military was going to be a part of his life. He just felt it. It was my privilege to recommend him for warrant officer school, because that's what he wanted to do."

Martin, like so many others, says he is honored to have known Bryan Henderson.

"I'm proud to consider him a comrade now," says Martin.

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