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Quarryville Remembers Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

Written by Ben Allen, Morning Edition Host | Oct 15, 2013 7:25 AM

Quarryville is remembering Staff Sgt. Patrick Quinn today, a Green Beret soldier killed in an attack in Afghanistan last weekend.

The 26 year old graduated from Solanco High School in southern Lancaster County in 2005, and was described as a model student there.

Assistant Principal Stephanie Lininger said Quinn was on the track and cross country teams for four years, served as Vice President of his class his junior year, and worked at the school newspaper.

She said there was just something about Quinn.

"Basically his smile. When you see him, and we were going through yearbook pictures, he has a smile that kinda just makes you think he knows something that you don't know."

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Lininger said Quinn had friends across all groups at the school, and spent a lot of time in her office. Unlike most other students, Quinn was in her office to strategize about events to get students excited about Solanco. 

Lininger said Quinn even came back after graduating to work with pole vaulters on the track team.

"I was talking to his track coach today, he himself got a little choked up as he was remembering Patrick. When something like this happens, there's always a missing piece to that memory. It leaves a hole."

"Whatever he did, he gave 100%. And I think that's true for his academics as well as his sports, and his military career."

Quinn is survived by his wife and three children. Services have not been announced.

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