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Rhode Island National Guardsman, killed while saving an Afghan boy, is laid to rest in Providence

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Rhode Island National Guard commander Maj. Gen. Kevin McBride, right, presents a flag to Dennis Weichel , left, father of guardsman National Guard Sgt. Dennis Weichel Jr., during funeral services at the state Veterans Cemetery in Exeter, R.I. on April 2, 2012.

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An honor guard carries the remains of Sgt. Dennis Weichel Jr. to his burial plot.

Turnto10.com reported on Monday:

Rhode Island National Guard commander Kevin McBride said Monday that Sgt. Dennis Weichel Jr. had "the courage of a warrior" and "the heart of a father."

The Providence resident was struck and killed by an armored vehicle March 22 after moving an Afghan boy to safety who was trying to retrieve something under the vehicle.

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Nicholas Weichel, son of Sgt. Dennis Weichel Jr., stands next to his father's casket during funeral services.