Updated 08/03/2012 02:37 PM
Body of Soldier Returns Home
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The remains of Private First Class Theodore Matthew Glende arrived Friday morning at the Rochester International Airport.
The 23-year-old McQuaid grad and former student at Niagara University was killed while serving in Afghanistan.
Glende's family greeted the casket carrying his remains privately at the National Guard located at the Rochester Airport.
Glende was shot and killed last Friday when his unit was attacked. His family was told that he saved five men before he died.
The procession made its way to the funeral home escorted by New York State Police and the Patriot Guard. The Henrietta Fire District raised the flag over Jefferson Road to honor him, his family and wife.
Glende was married in April.
"It really speaks to our heart about just humanity. People want to honor those, especially those who served our country. I did not personally know this gentleman, but just knowing he is from this area and knowing there is a family right now who needs our encouragement and support; it is just a little bit that we can do," said Hank Graf, Henrietta Fire District.
Glende's funeral service is 1 p.m. Saturday at the University of Rochester's Interfaith Chapel.