WALLA WALLA, Wash.—Family and friends of a Walla Walla soldier killed in Afghanistan this week are recalling fond memories of him.
25-year-old Mathew Fazzari was on his first deployment when his helicopter was shot down by enemies in Afghanistan on Wednesday. The crash killed him and an officer from California.
"Well Mathew was one of those kids that you knew from an early age he had a passion in him that was rare," says Rod Fazzari, Mathew's uncle.
"He was ready. We were all reserved about him leaving but he was ready to do his duty," says Danielle Fazzari, Mathew's sister.
Mathew Fazzari found his call to duty while getting his education at Gonzaga University. He was part of the ROTC program. He graduated from Gonzaga University in 2010.
"I just want people to remember that he just gave of himself, and he just gave 110% to everything," says Danielle Fazzari, Mathew's sister.
"He stood up for his faith, and he shared it passionately with all he came across. I think I will miss that the most about him," Rod Fazzari, Mathew's uncle.
"He'll never be forgotten by us," says Kim Cox, high school coach and teacher.
Mathew Fazzari leaves behind a wife and two sons.