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Fallen Army Captain Remembered

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Rochester: Fallen Army Captain Remembered
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Soldier. Nurse. Hero.

Army Captain Bruce Kevin Clark was all those things and more.

Son. Father. Husband.

Clark was remembered at St. Mary's Church in Rochester two weeks after his death in Afghanistan, while video chatting with his wife, who was back home in Spencerport.

"It's an honor and a privilege to be a part of this, to show respect for a fallen comrade,” said Sgt. 1st Class Wayne Stone, Military Forces Honor Guard.

"It is very emotional. We're very touched when we come out and have the utmost respect for our entire community," said Daria Bour, Gates Keystone Pipes and Drums.

The service for Clark lasted about 90 minutes. Clark's flag-draped casket was taken from the church under the watch of not only friends and family, but color guard members flying the flag under which Captain Clark proudly served.

"It means a lot to us. It's about someone who died in the service of his country, and we're here to pay our respects," said Nigel Heaton, Patriot Guard Riders.

Clark was laid to rest at Fairfield Cemetery in Spencerport, the community in which he lived with his wife and their two daughters. Friends and family reflected on such a great loss.

"Honor, duty, country, and the fact he's a nurse. He's right there with all the worst of the worst,” said Paul and Mary Zarpentine, cousins.

The army hasn't said just how Clark died. That's still under investigation by the military.

"No matter how he got here, he still died in Afghanistan. He died a hero. He did," said Mary.

Captain Bruce Kevin Clark had been in Afghanistan for just a short time; deployed in March to serve as chief nurse of the forward surgical element in Tarin Kowt.

A hero in the eyes of many.

"Gotta have faith. Support our troops," said Paul.

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