The town of Emmitsburg, Md., honored a hometown hero for dedicating his life to protect others

The decorated officer left behind his mother, father, and brother

EMMITSBURG, Md. - The town of Emmitsburg, Md., honored a hometown hero for dedicating his life to protect others

One solider made the ultimate sacrifice for his country.

“As you all know, Robbie decided in 5thgrade that he wanted to go to west point, but he always wanted to be a solider,” said mother of fallen solider, Sandy Seidel.

First Lt. Robert Siedel III is remembered for his ability to light up every room he walked into.

And now, his memory will be memorialized as the route 140 bridge will be dedicated in his honor.

“You know, you can not legislative this kinds of things. People either get it or they do not and I am hoping this brings some light to what do you go through in the military; being away from your family and going to a foreign land and sacrifice,” said council member Kirby DeLauter.

Seidel graduated from Catoctin High School in 2000 and graduated from West Point in 2004.  He earned his Ranger Tab Assignment and was deployed to Iraq in August 2005.

“He along with three other soldiers and their interpreter were killed in action on May 18, 2006, when their humvee hit an improvised explosive device (IED) during combat operations,” said DeLauter.

The decorated officer left behind his mother, father, and brother, but Seidel prepared his family for this moment.

"And with every pair of empty boots, sitting at the end of the empty rack, there are many more people that are able to sleep at night knowing that the men and the women of the armed forces are standing guard,” said Seidel.

For a man who was so proud of his hometown choosing to be buried here in Emmitsburg rather than with his fellow fallen service members.

“It means a lot to have Rob honored this way. This is the town that Robbie was born and raised in and grew up in and you know came home when he was away. Emmitsburg means a lot to him, this is where he wanted to be buried if anything were to happen to him and just to know that overtime we cross this bridge, we will see, people will see and remember,” said Seidel.

First Lt. Seidel received many awards and decorations including the Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal, as well as the Army Overseas Service Ribbon.


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