Brockport Soldier Dies Overseas

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Democrat and Chronicle
Staff Report

BROCKPORT, N.Y. - A 2004 Brockport High School graduate has died from injuries suffered Dec. 9 in southern Afghanistan.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Nicholas J. Reid, 26, died Thursday in a German hospital, according to published reports.

A neighbor confirmed that Reid is the son of Kenneth and Dorothy Reid of Fairview Drive in Brockport, but no one was home Friday afternoon, and the neighbor said the Reids had requested that neighbors not talk to the media.

Along Main Street in the village, word was just trickling out Friday about Reid's death. Tristan Brown, 27, said his death is another loss for a community still shaken by the Sept. 29 beating death of a freshman in her The College at Brockport dorm room.

Brown said he was an acquaintance of Reid's in high shool. "He seemed like a real cool kid," he said. "Nothing struck you about him that he was bad in any way, he was quiet and real cool."

According to a Brockport High School yearbook, Reid was a member of the district's Devil's Den, a group of avid fans who support the Brockport Blue Devils at sporting events.

In a written statement, Brockport Central School District Superintendent Lesli Myers said the district's thoughts and prayers are with the family.

"The loss of one of our own is deeply felt across our community," she said. "We are so proud and humbled that Nicholas was a part of our community and all he meant to Brockport. We are especially grateful for the sacrifice he ultimately made for our country."

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