Utah mayor Brent Taylor killed while serving in Afghanistan

The Fallen Soldier Tribute is shown at the Utah Army National Guard Recruiting building Sunday Nov. 4 2018 in Draper Utah. Military officials say a major in Utah's Army National Guard who was also the mayor of a city north of Salt Lake City was

Taylor in January when he was being deployed told local media that he was assigned to serve on an advisory team training the staff of an Afghan commando battalion. I flew missions with him. Rahmani said before he met Taylor, he didn't think men and women should be treated equally and he wouldn't say his wife's name out loud. A leader; one who was the first to volunteer for any tough assignment. "And so I echo the words someone recently shared with me, Brent may have died on Afghan soil but he died for the success of freedom and democracy in both of our countries". "But the value of freedom is immeasurable to all who know and love America and all that she represents". "His loss will be felt for years to come". My country needed me. "We are so proud of the way he lived - proud of the way he gave his life".

He wrote: "He was an inspiring man who loved you all. My God needed me'".

Please accept my condolence and sympathy.

In his poignant final Facebook post, Taylor shared photographs of Afghan nationals at the polls and wrote: 'It was handsome to see over four million Afghan men and women courageous threats and deadly attacks to vote in Afghanistan's first parliamentary elections in eight years.

The body of a Utah mayor and Army National Guard member who urged Americans to vote before he was killed in Afghanistan has been returned to us soil. And that whether the Republicans or the Democrats win, that we all remember that we have far more as Americans that unites us than divides us. Gen. Jefferson S. Burton, the adjutant general of the Utah National Guard. He was not serving with any other Utah National Guardsman or units at the time of his death, but was supporting special operations forces in the region. His wife Jennie was there as his remains were returned to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

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He had served 12 years as an officer in the Army National Guard, seven of which were spent on active duty, according to his biography on the North Ogden city website.

"It seems only fitting that Brent who in death now represents so much more than anything, something so much greater than any of our own individual lives, has come home to US soil in a flag-draped casket on our election day", she said. A GoFundMe page that was set up to support his family had reached nearly 80 percent of its goal of $250,000 by Sunday night.

A GoFundMe page was launched Sunday with more than $292,000 raised. He volunteered again "with the support of his family and his good wife, Jennie, because they thought he could do something good for the people of Afghanistan, to have the freedoms that we enjoy in Utah and America and have taken for granted", said Utah Gov. Gary Herbert at the press conference.

Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information is made available.

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