Soldier killed at Fort Hood laid to rest - FOX 13 News

Soldier killed at Fort Hood laid to rest

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BUSHNELL (FOX 13) -

Sue Mehlhorn stood around four hours.

"This is important to me-this was somebody that is a hero in my eyes," said Mehlhorn.

To have her chance to say thank you.

"I felt it was important to stand here and just to show my acknowledgment," she said.

She didn't know Army Sergeant First Class Daniel Ferguson, but said her goodbyes from the side of the road.

"When you join the service you never know which way you are going to die. It is important for all of us to remember that," she said.

His family held a private funeral in Lakeland. Ferguson joined the Army in 1993 and served tours of duty in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan.

"If we don't respect them why in the world are they going to go out and put their lives on the line just to keep us free," said Mehlhorn.

Sgt. Ferguson grew up in Mulberry, spent nearly 21 years serving our country and lost his life, April 2nd, protecting others at Fort Hood.

"He was taken down much too early in life and unfortunately not through an act of war," said John Vincent.

Vincent was one of dozens of Patriot Guard Riders from around the state that guided Sergeant Ferguson's body to Bushnell Cemetery to be buried among other heroes.

"We are here to pay honor to a fallen hero we are here to pay respect to his family," said Vincent.

As the Sergeant's friends and family said their own goodbyes, so did the many who never met the brave soldier.

"My heart my thought my prayers go out to his family," said Mehlhorn.

And now they honor his memory through their actions.

"You gave you're life for America and America appreciates it," said Mehlhorn.

Army Staff Sgt. Carlos A. Lazaney-Rodriguez will also be buried at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell Monday afternoon.

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