Village Mourns the Loss of Hometown Hero

July 16, 2011 Updated Jul 16, 2011 at 11:32 AM EDT

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July 16, 2011 Updated Jul 16, 2011 at 11:32 AM EDT

MEDINA, NY (WKBW) - It was a somber homecoming in Orleans County Thursday as the remains of Marine Sergeant Trevor Cook returned home.

Sergeant Cook arrived in Medina in the middle of the night, but that didn't stop members of this tight-knit community from coming out to greet him, many holding signs and candles in honor of their fallen hero.

"It's like you're family with them. Trevor was an honorable man, and he died for us," said family friend and Lyndonville resident Rachelle Goldsmith.

There were signs all along U.S. Route 63 heading into town and throughout the Village of Lyndonville, many giving thanks and offering condolences.

Nearly every house was flying a flag, while businesses hung banners in the windows showing their pride, like one big family celebrating a loved-ones life.

"They're proud. Proud of what he did, and it's like everybody, you know when something bad happens you come together," said Jason Powley, an area resident.

25-year-old was killed on July 6 when helicopter crashed during a training exercise at Camp Pendleton in California. The loss of the young marine has struck close to the heart of his small hometown village.

"Anybody that serves our country, they're one of ours. They're our heroes man. That's the way it is," added Powley.

Sergeant Cook was a devoted son and brother, and leaves behind a wife and an entire community who are all proud to call him their hero.

"It's makes you cry, you know. It hits you in the heart when something happens to one of your own. It hurts," described Powley.

Calling hours go until 8:00 p.m. Friday at St. Mary's in Medina, while the funeral service is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Saturday, also at St. Mary's.