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Airline steps up to help fallen soldier get home

Lt. Col. Todd Clark Lt. Col. Todd Clark

COLONIE, N.Y. -- A soldier from the Capital Region was remembered Tuesday after he died on June 8th in Afghanistan, and an airline stepped up to ensure he could arrive at his final resting place at no cost to his family.

Following an afternoon memorial mass, friends and family of Lt. Colonel Todd Clark gathered for a traditional Irish celebration - filled with music and plenty of food - to remember his life.

Southwest Airlines will donate the flight from Albany to Texas.

Clark, along with his family, will depart from Albany International Airport Wednesday and head to Texas.

But until Tuesday, the question of how to transport Clark to his final resting place in Texas hung over the family since US Army regulation will only allow one move of a deceased warrior. In this case, that counted as his flight into Albany.

So some of his close friends got together to see what they could do. Now early Wednesday morning Clark will be flown with his family down to Texas thanks to Southwest Airlines

With the flight taken care of the Irish celebration continued and the memory of Lt. Colonel Todd Clark was very much alive on Tuesday.


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