Services For Lincoln Soldier

A Lincoln soldier, killed in Iraq, was remembered this afternoon as a hero with full military honors. Funeral services for Army staff sergeant Christopher Swisher were held this afternoon at Lincoln Memorial Park. The 26-year old Swisher was killed in a fire fight October 9th, while on patrol in Baghdad. He is the first Lincoln native to lose his life in Iraq, since the fighting began there. The 1995 Lincoln Northeast graduate received full military honors today, including a 21-gun salute, a helicopter fly-over, and the presentation of the flag to his family by an Army general. Swisher was a Cavalry soldier who primarily pulled scouting duty. He joined the army after he graduated from Lincoln Northeast in 1995. Family-members say serving in the military was his dream. Sgt. Swisher is survived by his wife of two years, his mother, a 6-year old daughter by a previous marriage, and a brother and sister who still live in Lincoln. Swisher was especially known for his humanitarian efforts among the Iraqi people. He was laid to rest today with the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for Valor.