Soldier from Florida dies in the line of duty

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Sergeant First Class William Lacey – from Laurel Hill in the Florida Panhandle – died over the weekend at the age of 38 in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan when the enemy attacked his unit with rocket-propelled grenades, according to the U.S. Army.

Sgt. Lacey was a wheeled vehicle mechanic assigned to the 1st Infantry Division. He began his military service in 2003, and was on his fifth tour of duty – serving three in Iraq and two in Afghanistan. He has numerous awards and decorations to his name, including a Bronze Star Medal, three Army Commendation Medals and a National Defense Service Medal. He has also been awarded the Purple Heart, posthumously.

The U.S. Army will hold remembrance ceremonies both in Fort Knox, Kentucky – where Sgt. Lacey was stationed – and in Afghanistan. The dates of those ceremonies are yet to be determined.