Westfield Soldier Gets Heroes Welcome

May 11, 2011 Updated May 11, 2011 at 11:40 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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May 11, 2011 Updated May 11, 2011 at 11:40 PM EDT

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Buffalo, NY

The body of Army Sergeant Kevin White was received by his family, friends, supporters and veterans who know exactly what it means to fight for freedom.

"Guys that have gone through these situations have memories and they're willing to come back and support somebody that's been unfortunately killed," said Lester Wevers, a resident watching the procession.

The 22 year old army sergeant was killed by a roadside bomb May 2nd during his second tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Eyewitness News talked to White's local pastor.

"He had had some close brushes with death when he was in Iraq. We were hoping he would be finished but he signed back up knowing he would probably be sent to Afghanistan," said Thayne Bodenmiller of First Baptist Church in Westfield.

It was a risk the young soldier accepted and his sacrifice is being felt by complete strangers.

"I just feel that we need to support the veterans that give their all," said Wyona Wevers, also a resident who attended the procession.

White's body was transported from the Jamestown Airport onto Interstate 86 through the Town of Mayville, ending in the fallen soldier's hometown of Westfield.

"This has been the very first one that's been close to us so that's why I'm here," said Wyona.

White's wake is May 12th from 2pm to 5pm and 7pm to 9pm at the First Baptist Church of Westfield. His funeral is 11am, Friday at the same church.

White will then be buried with full military honors during a private family service.