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Schuylkill County Community Turns Out To Honor Fallen Hero
By Andy Mehalshick
Orwigsburg has a total population of just over 3,000 residents and today one third of them turned out in the center of town to honor a hometown hero who was killed in action in Afghanistan. 29 year old Army Captain Jason Jones returned to his boyhood home one last time on his way to his final resting place at the West Point Cemetery in New York. The Green Beret was killed by small arms fire during a patrol in Afghanistan on June 2nd. Mike Lonergan, Orwigsburg Borough manager, told Eyewitness News, "It is a sad day but it is also a day where we can see how people in this community support a family who lost their husband, brother and son." Crissy Zaprazny brought her two young children to Orwigsburg Square and said, "I just believe that I can enjoy this gloomy wet day with my family because of people like Captain Jones and I want to be here for him and his family." The hearse carrying the remains of Captain Jones arrived in Orwigsburg just after noon and stopped at Orwigsburg Square in front of the multitude and his family. A minute of silence was held before the procession headed toward Pottsville. Jay Jones, Captain Jones father, fought back tears and said, "It's beyond words, what it means the support is just unbelievable. I just can't describe it it's what's getting us through these difficult times." He added, "I want people to know just what a happy person my son was he enjoyed everything he did and really loved life." Captain Jones will be laid to rest at the West Point Cemetery Tuesday June 17th with full military honors.