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11:22 AM, Jun 18, 2012   |    comments
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  • The Patriot Guard Riders pay respect to a fallen soldier, Army PFC Brandon Goodine.
  • Army PFC Brandon Goodine of McDonough was killed by an explosive while on patrol in Afghanistan on June 7, 2012.
  • The body of Army PFC Brandon Goodine arrived at Falcon Field for his funeral on Monday.
    

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Volunteers with the Patriot Guard Riders formed a circle of support around the family of Army Pfc. Brandon Goodine as the fallen soldier's body arrived by charter plane at Falcon Field on Saturday. 

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Goodine, 20, was killed by an improvised explosive device while on patrol in Afghanistan on June 7.

"This young man gave his life for what we're doing here today," said Herb Britt of McDonough. 

Britt was one of hundreds of people in Goodine's hometown of McDonough who lined the city square to pay their respects as the body of this fallen hero was escorted to Haisten Funeral Home.

Kayce Johnson brought her six-year-old son, Coan. 

"He's never been to anything like this, so we explained it to him," she said. "He had a lot of questions: who are the bad guys, how many are there, how many of our people have died? We told him our people are there to try to protect us and keep America safe."

Goodine was a paratrooper in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division.
He was a husband, father, son and brother.  

"To see the family go by and know what they're going through today got me very emotional," said Tina Davenport. "My heart goes out to the family. That's a great sacrifice for me and for us."

A viewing is scheduled at Haisten Funeral Home from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. on Monday at Bethany Baptist Church.

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