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Communities honor fallen heroes

On a website created by his family, Army Staff Sergeant Matthew A. Pucino is shown in a picture gallery posing with family; holding his nephew in a playful headlock; wearing combat gear atop a tank in the desert; and grinning wide with a cigar hanging from his mouth while posing with actor Chuck Norris during a tour of duty in Iraq.

This is his family’s way of keeping Pucino’s memory alive, four years after the 34-year-old Green Beret was killed in Afghanistan when a roadside explosive detonated near his all-terrain vehicle.

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