A fallen soldier from Northwest Indiana was laid to rest Wednesday.
Friends and family were greeted by the Patriot Guard as they remembered Staff Sgt. David P. Nowaczyk, 32, of Dyer, Ind.
Nowaczyk was killed April 15 in the line of duty in Afghanistan. The 32-year-old leaves a wife and two young children, including a six-year-old son he helped raise and a 1-year-old daughter.
Staff Sgt. Nowaczyk joined the Army in September 2005, earning several medals, including a Bronze Star. He was posthumously awarded a second Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.
Nowaczyk was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo. He was killed after an improvised explosive device hit the vehicle he was in, the Department of Defense said.
His family said Nowaczyk was honored to serve his third tour of duty. He's being remembered as a decorated soldier, a loving husband and father, a devoted White Sox fan and a hero.