Hundreds Line Streets To Pay Respects To Soldier Killed In Iraq

UPDATED: Thursday June 16, 2011 6:10 PM

Hundreds of people lined the streets on Wednesday to honor a Hocking County soldier killed in Iraq.

Army Spc. Robert P. Hartwick, 20, of Rockbridge, died last week when insurgents launched a rocket attack on his base, according to the Pentagon.   Four other soldiers were also killed.

Hartwick, who was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, graduated from Logan High School in 2009. 

As his body was returned home on Wednesday, residents turned out to pay their respects during a procession that included hundreds of motorcyclists, police officers and firefighters. 

Some residents were brought to tears by the outpouring of support.

"He was in my son-in-law's class in high school so it puts him right about the same age as my teenagers," said resident Cheryl Lee Logan.  "It's just not fair."

Hartwick will be buried Saturday in Logan with military honors.

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