PA soldier killed in Afghanistan remembered

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 20, 2012 11:55 AM

(Renfrew) -- A soldier from western Pennsylvania who was killed in Afghanistan last week is being remembered by relatives as a motivated and patriotic man who was a good son and father.

The Defense Department said Friday that 39-year-old Staff Sgt. Eric Holman of Evans City was killed by an improvised explosive device on Wednesday in Ghanzi province.

His father, David, of Forward Township, Butler County, says his son was a bomb disposal specialist who loved his job and his country.

His stepmother, Jan Holman, says Eric joined the Army after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and planned to make it his career.

David Holman says his son leaves behind a 7-year-old son of his own. He called him "an incredible guy."

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