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Fort Carson soldier laid to rest in hometown

Fort Carson soldier laid to rest in...

BICKNELL, Ind. - Fort Carson soldier first Lt. Clayton Cullen died two weeks ago in a training exercise while flying an Apache helicopter in Fort Irwin, California. 

 

Saturday morning started with tributes to Cullen along the streets of Bicknell, Indiana.

Flags were displayed with a heavy heart for a fallen hero.


"Anybody that puts on that uniform and signs that dotted line, that takes guts, courage, clay is a hero," said Samantha Smith, Cullen's friend.

Cameras weren't allowed inside the funeral services that started  at North Knox High School where Cullen graduated.

But it was clear, the community pulled together for one of their own.
  
"We appreciate his sacrifice and we've come today in honor and respect for him and for all of his family," said Susan Pearman Bays, Cullen's former teacher.

A procession drove through town to Bicknell Memorial Cemetery, Cullen's final resting place, where friends and family gathered to comfort each other before a final farewell.


"'Showing how a community can bond together for their own, I mean, the outpouring today is just fantastic," said Bicknell resident Bobby Tester.


Cullen was laid to rest with full military honors.


Chief Warrant Officer Kevin Burke was also killed in the crash of the Apache helicopter. 


His services are expected to be in Nevada City, California.


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