Hometown Hero Laid To Rest

April 15, 2011 Updated Apr 15, 2011 at 12:24 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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April 15, 2011 Updated Apr 15, 2011 at 12:24 PM EDT

Those who knew Sergeant Michael Lammerts, 26, say he was a man of conviction, dedicated to his family and committed to the United States Army. Friday, he was laid to rest after being killed in Afghanistan while serving our country.

Lammerts' funeral service was held Friday morning at the Amigone Funeral Home on Sheridan Drive in Tonawanda. He was laid to rest with honors at the Elmlawn Cemetery, also in his hometown of Tonawanda.

Thousands lined the funeral procession waving flags, including school students from Hoover Middle.

Lammerts was serving in Afghanistan when he was shot and killed by a man wearing an Afghan boarder policeman's uniform. This was Lammerts' third tour of duty overseas with the U.S. Army.

"My heart aches we all do. Unfortunately we've done too many of these," Patriot Guard Rider Bill Brainard said.

Lammerts leaves behind a wife, two children and dozens of other family members.