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Hometown Hero Brian Bill Killed in Afghanistan [Update]

Navy SEAL and Stamford athlete Brian Bill was killed in Kabul, Afghanistan this weekend in a crash that killed 37 other servicemen and commandos.

Updated at 4:57 p.m.

Stamford's Mayor Michael Pavia has issued a press release in which he offers his condolences to the family and friends of Brian Bill.

“On behalf of the City of Stamford and its residents, it is with deep sadness that we mourn the loss of Brian Bill, a Stamford native and Navy Seal who died in the helicopter crash in Afghanistan over the weekend," Pavia said.

"The city also extends its sympathies to the families of the courageous and dedicated military personnel who also perished in this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers remain with all of the families during this very difficult time. We sincerely appreciate the sacrifice that Brian and his fallen comrades have made for their fellow man and country.”

Updated at 4:20 p.m.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has released a statement in regards to Stamford native and Navy SEAL Brian Bill, who was killed in Kabul, Afghanistan this weekend in a tragic helicopter attack.

"While I cannot independently confirm the death of U.S. Navy SEAL Brian Bill from my hometown of Stamford, I understand that his family has been notified and released their own statement about him," Malloy said. "My wife, Cathy, and I extend our condolences to his family, and our thoughts and prayers go out to them at this difficult time."

Original Story

Former Trinity Catholic athlete and Navy SEAL Brian Bill was killed in a Kabul, Afghanistan helicopter attack this weekend, according to a report by the Stamford Advocate.

Bill was a notable athlete and Eagle Scout when he lived in Stamford, having graduated from Trinity Catholic in 1997.

Those who knew Bill said that it was apparent from Bill's youth that he would become a Navy SEAL. Bill was one of thirty-eight fatalities in the helicopter crash.

Allison Yao August 09, 2011 at 02:01 AM
Our hearts and prayers go out to Bill's family. It always makes you pause when soldiers are lost or injured. But when they are this close to home, you remember the sacrifice a little deeper. Thanks to all those who have or are serving our country, your sacrifices from being away from your families to giving your life are so unselfish. Freedom isn't free, thank you for mine.
Carol August 09, 2011 at 02:11 AM
God bless this family. I did not know Bill, but he seemed like a HERO all his short life. Thanks for giving this country such a son! We are truly sorry for your loss. Carol & Bill Lindstrum, Greenwich CT

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