Firefighters stand on a special vehicle in the pouring rain to pick up the body of Ryan Knauss, an American soldier killed in the Kabul bombing.
Fairfax County, Virginia police on September 16 led a convoy along the interstate as they carried the body of Sgt. Ryan Knauss, 23, one of 13 US service members killed in a suicide bombing at the airport. Kabul last month, to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Knauss is from Knoxville, West Virginia.
Before the convoy departed, the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Department advised anyone wishing to honor Sgt. Knauss to visit the overpasses along the route.
Video shared on social media showed Fairfax County firefighters standing on the roof of a specialized vehicle in the pouring rain and high winds as the convoy carrying Knauss’ body passed.
Dozens of people also lined up on overpasses from Knoxville to Fairfax County, while many others joined the convoy escorting. A helicopter also appeared in the sky.
“When we heard that the hero who died in Afghanistan would be taken to Fairfax, we knew right away that we had to do something to pay our respects,” said Sheriff Kevin Davis.
Thirteen US service members, including 11 Marines, an Army soldier and a medical officer, were killed in a suicide bombing by IS-K, the Islamic State affiliate’s (IS) branch of operations. ) in Afghanistan, outside the Abbey Gate of Hamid Karzai International Airport on August 26. The group of American soldiers was bombed while providing security for the evacuation from Kabul.
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