HARTFORD ——An army specialist from Granby was killed in action in Afghanistan after his vehicle was hit by a rocket propelled grenade, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Wednesday.
Richard Charlton Emmons III, 22, was the driver on a mounted patrol in Logar Province when his vehicle was hit Tuesday.
Emmons enlisted in the army in September 2009 and trained in South Carolina and Georgia until May 2010. He was deployed with his unit to Afghanistan from Fort Polk, La. in October 2010.
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He is survived by his mother and stepfather.
"Our prayers go out to the family and friends of Spec. Emmons at this devastating time," Malloy said. "We will not forget that Spec. Emmons, like too many of our men and women in uniform, gave his life for the cause of freedom and in service to this country. Our thoughts are with his unit still in Afghanistan, and hope they, and the rest of our troops overseas, return home safely."
Granby Town Manager William F. Smith, Jr. echoed Malloy's comments, adding that the town "will do whatever is necessary" for Emmons' family.
"It's tragic," Smith said. "My prayers go out to his family and friends."
Flags will fly at half-staff until Emmons' burial. Funeral services are pending.