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AMN Bryan Richard Bell
Birth: Feb. 10, 1988
Erie
Erie County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jan. 5, 2012
Shir Ghazay
Helmand, Afghanistan

Senior Airman Bryan R. Bell, 23, of Erie, Pa. He was assigned to the 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, La. He died Jan. 5 in Shir ghazi, Helmand province, Afghanistan, when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. Sr. Airman Bell, age 23, of Barksdale AFB, La. and formerly of Harborcreek Twp., gave the ultimate sacrifice of his life while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom on Thursday, January 5, 2012 in Shir Ghazi in Afghanistan's southern Helmand Province. Bryan was born February 10, 1988 in Erie, the son of Richard W. Bell and Donna Peters Aldrich, both of Harborcreek Twp. He had resided in Harborcreek Twp. until his enlistment in the U.S.A.F. He was a 2006 graduate of Harbor Creek High School where he had lettered in football and was a member of the baseball and track teams. As a young man, Bryan had participated in the Harbor Creek Little League baseball program. He had also been an active volunteer member of Fairfield Hose Co. since the age of 14. Over his years of service with Fairfield, he eventually attained the rank of a senior fireman. In 2007 Bryan joined the United States Air Force where he became an explosive-ordinance disposal technician. He received his EOD training at Eglin AFB in Florida. Bryan served his first tour of duty in Iraq. Since October of 2011 he was serving a second tour of duty. Bryan was a member of the 2nd Civil Engineer Squadron assigned to Delta Company, 466th Explosive Ordinance Disposal. In 2010, Bryan received national news media attention as photos of him at work circulated in conjunction with the release of the film, "Hurt Locker". He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart Medal. Bryan was a motorcycle enthusiast as well as a Playstation gamer. He was an avid Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Red Wings and Bobby LaBonte racing fan. He enjoyed camping, grilling and was especially proud of his truck. He loved animals and dearly loved his pet dog, "Daisy" and his pet cat, "Terry". In addition to his parents, he is survived by his beloved wife of three years whom he married on August 9, 2008; his sister, USAF stationed at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio; his stepfather of Harborcreek; his stepmother of Harborcreek; his stepsister of North East; his stepbrother of Erie; maternal grandparents of Harborcreek; paternal grandmother of Harborcreek; his mother and father-in-law of Wesleyville; his sister and brother-in-law of Belleville, N.J.; several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, William Bell. Friends and family will be received on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Harbor Creek High School, in the gymnasium, 6375 Buffalo Road. The Funeral Service will be conducted there on Monday at 11 a.m. in the auditorium. Interment will follow at Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery where full military honors will be rendered. Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded EOD Warrior Fund, 725 Jackson St., Suite 216, Fredericksburg, VA 22401. The Dusckas Funeral Home, Inc., East, 2607 Buffalo Road is handling arrangements. To send condolences, visit www.dusckasfuneralhome.com. Published in the Erie Times-News from January 11 to January 13, 2012. Obituary and funeral information obtained and used with permission from Dusckas Funeral Home. Names of living relatives omitted per Find a Grave guidelines. 
 
Burial:
Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery
Erie
Erie County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
Created by: Elizabeth Reed
Record added: Jan 06, 2012
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