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Governor honors Fernley soldier killed in Iraq


Governor’s Office news release:

CARSON CITY–Governor Jim Gibbons has ordered flags at the Capitol Complex to be flown at half staff on Tuesday, Sept. 15, in honor of U.S. Army Pfc. Thomas Lyons. Pfc. Lyons was killed when an enemy explosion hit the truck he was riding in while he was participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom in southern Baghdad. He was 20 years old.

Two other U.S. soldiers also died in the attack. Pfc. Lyons was assigned to the 545th Military Police Company, Arctic Military Police Battalion, U.S. Army, Alaska, Fort Richardson, Alaska.

Pfc. Lyons grew up in Carson City and Fernley, and his mother and step-father live in Fernley. His funeral and memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 15, in Fernley. He will be buried with military honors at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley.

Pfc. Lyons was married to Delvin Lyons, also an active duty soldier. The couple has a 3-month-old son.

“My deepest sorrow is with the family and friends of Thomas Lyons,” Governor Gibbons said, “We must always remember the sacrifices made by Private First Class Lyons and others who have given up their lives to protect our freedom.”

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