Daingerfield soldier killed in Iraq laid to rest

A solemn ceremony in Morris County today to remember an east Texas hero.

His story is like so many across the county, a small town soldier whose loss is felt by his community. KLTV 7's Bob Hallmark has more on an east Texas town's final farewell to hometown hero Alex Mattox.

At South Union Baptist Church, complete with Army Honor Guard, the community of Jenkins said a tearful goodbye to Army PFC Alex Mattox.

"Alex's sacrifice in the line of duty will not be forgotten."

Killed in a friendly fire incident in Afghanistan, Mattox was honored for his commitment to duty.

He was awarded the bronze star for bravery in action in Afghanistan, given to his family.

"We could sit and ponder what it could have been what should have been but when you get right down to it, what was the important thing here and what he was, and what he became and what he did makes us all proud," said Chad Thompson, a family friend.

He was carried to Clark cemetery, as friends and patriot guard members lined the route with flags.

Every small town in America has a hometown hero, and this community doesn't want to forget theirs: Alex Maddox.

Bob Hallmark, reporting. bhallmark@kltv.com