NEVADA CITY, Calif. - Family and friends gathered Tuesday morning to remember fallen North State soldier Nicholas Burley. The body of the Red Bluff native was returned home to California Monday morning. A plane landed in Lincoln where a military, fire and police escort was waiting.
Burley was killed in action while serving in Afghanistan on July 30. His family said his tour of duty was up in three months.
A memorial service was held Tuesday morning in Nevada City, followed by a celebration of his life at the American Legion Post 587 in Foresthill.
At the morning memorial it was a full house as many people turned out to remember Burley at Hooper & Weaver Mortuary in Nevada City.
Burley's mother Tammy Olmstead said her son always wanted to be a firefighter.
"It's so hard on the economy now," said Olmstead. "They say if you join the military you have a better chance so he goes 'I'm gonna join the military mom, I'll save money and I'll become a firefighter."
His brother is a firefighter. In a symbolic gesture, the men carrying Burley's casket from the plane Monday were from the Roseville Fire Department Honor Guard, where his brother works.
KRCR News Channel 7 reporter Evan Schreiber is at Burley's memorial service. He'll have a full report starting on KRCR News Channel 7 starting at 5.
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