WNY Native Killed In Afghanistan; Graduated From Niagara Wheatfield

10:15 PM, Mar 6, 2010   |    comments
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Another WNY native has been killed in Afghanistan.

Family members tell Channel 2, Alan Dikcis, 21 of Wheatfield, was killed Thursday due to complications after being hit by a roadside bomb. 

Dikcis worked as a mechanic for the Army.  His job there was to clear roadside bombs so US military could travel Afghan roads safely. Dikcis was killed when one of those bombs exploded.  Family says Dikcis died in a MediVac helicopter while being transported to a local hospital.

Dikcis graduated from Niagara Wheatfield High School in 2006.  He was stationed with the 630 Engineer Batallion out of Fort Drum, NY.

He was deployed to Afghanistan in August 2009 and was supposed to be home for a two week leave in April.  His service was expected to end in June.  Dikcis was stationed just outside of Kandahar, mostly in the Helmand province.

Family was on their way Friday night to Dover Air Force Base to identify Dikcis's remains.  He is is survived by a three-year-old daughter, his father, stepmother and two brothers.


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