Flags lowered in honor of Dublin soldier

February 23, 2009 12:46:09 PM PST
Alameda County officials lowered all flags outside county buildings to half-staff Monday in honor of Staff Sgt. Sean Diamond of Dublin, who was killed in Iraq on Feb. 15.

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Board of Supervisors President Alice Lai-Bitker said, "The board expresses its sympathies to the Diamond family for their loss and acknowledges the ultimate sacrifice by our service men and women."

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said in a statement last week, "Maria and I are deeply saddened by the loss of Staff Sgt. Sean Diamond. He was a brave soldier who sacrificed his life while defending our nation's freedom and his service and loyalty to our country will not be forgotten."

According to Schwarzenegger's office, Diamond, 41, died Feb. 15 in As Salam, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle.

He was assigned to the 610th Engineer Support Company, 14th Engineer Battalion, 555th Engineer Brigade, U.S. Army, Fort Lewis, Wash.

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