Providence Guardsman dies saving child in Afghanistan

Son of Brockton man hit by truck while saving child

Fresh off the firing range in a dusty Afghan province east of Kabul, Specialist Dennis P. Weichel Jr. of Providence dismounted from a 16-ton gun truck to disperse children who had gathered in front of the heavily armored convoy.

Most moved, willing to wait to search for brass shell casings that could be recycled or melted down for other uses. But one girl, impatient, darted to collect a casing from beneath one of the massive, moving vehicles.

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