A soldier from northwest Indiana has been killed while serving in the Army in Afghanistan.
Spc. James A. Butz, 21, of Porter, died Wednesday in Helmand province, the Department of Defense confirmed.
Chesterton football coach John Snyder, who coached Butz in high school, told The Times of Munster that relatives told him the Army medic was treating an injured soldier when their truck was hit by a roadside bomb.
Butz was a 2009 Chesterton High School graduate. He served in the 82nd Airborne Division based at Fort Bragg, N.C.
Snyder said Butz was a hard worker who would have thrived in the military.
His awards include the Purple Heart, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, a NATO Medal, a Combat Action Badge and a Parachutist Badge, according to the website FreedomRemembered.org.