Members of the U.S. House of Representatives held a moment of silence last Wednesday, Oct. 30, in honor of three soldiers who died following a training accident in Georgia.

U.S. Army Sgt. Thomas Cole Walker, 22, from Ashtabula, Ohio, was among the three who died. He was killed when the armored vehicle he was riding in rolled off a bridge and dropped into a stream on Oct. 20 at Fort Stewart, 11ALIVE reported. The two others were Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Jenkins of Gainesville, Florida, and Pfc. Antonio Garcia of Peoria, Arizona.

Walker’s body arrive dat Cleveland Hopkins International Airport this past Tuesday before returning home to Conneaut and the Marcy Funeral Home via a procession on State Routes 90 and 7 and then east to Main Street. He will be laid to rest at New Leaf United Methodist Church. 

Walker grew up in Conneaut and was a captain on the high school’s football team. Right after graduating, he enlisted in the military and earned the National Defense Medal and Army Service Ribbon. 

He is survived by his wife, his father, four siblings, and four grandparents, among others. He died in front of his mother Tracy. 

To honor his death, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday, Oct. 29 ordered all flags across Ashtabula County and the Statehouse lowered to half-staff.


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