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Summerville soldier killed in line of duty in Afghanistan

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) -

The Town of Summerville is giving support to the family and friends of a U.S. Army Ranger who was killed in combat. 

Sgt. 1st Class Christopher A. Celiz of Summerville was killed Thursday in Paktiya province, Afghanistan, during combat operations in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel, according to the U.S. Army.

"It is at times like these that we come together to extend our appreciation to those who put their lives on the line for our nation every day to protect us and to keep us safe," Colin Martin, Summerville Town Administrator, said. “The Town of Summerville sends their sincere condolences and prayers to those close to Celiz during this difficult time. We will always honor and respect his bravery and service.”

The U-S Army tweeted out this statement...saying "Rest in peace Soldier.  Chris was a national treasure who led his Rangers with passion, competence, and an infectiously positive attitude no matter the situation. He will be greatly missed." 

The Town of Summerville recognizes Celiz’s awards and decorations including, but not limited to, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, two Army Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, four Army Achievement Medals, two Meritorious Unit Citation Medals, three Afghanistan Campaign Medals with Campaign Star, two Iraq Campaign Medals with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and the NATO Medal.

The U.S. Army said Celiz is posthumously awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, and the Purple Heart.

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