Sep 6, 2010 7:48 PM by Matt Stafford
The sister of a Fort Carson Soldier, killed last week in Afghanistan, is sharing with News First 5 some of the things she says made her brother special.
Staff Sergeant Casey Grochowiak left for Afghanistan just a few weeks ago, with the 1st Brigade Combat Team. He was killed last week in a roadside bomb attack.
It was the beginning of his third tour of duty, one his sister Kerry Grochowiak Ferguson says he didn't have to go, but volunteered for.
"His C.O. (commissioned officer) called him and said I need you there to lead these young guys," says Ferguson. "Casey felt like he needed to be there in order to protect them."
He served as an Army Ranger, Special Forces -- he was also a husband and a father; so the role of protector was nothing new for Staff Sergeant Grochowiak.
"His soldiers came first and foremost, the protection of his soldiers," Ferguson says.
Growing up with Grochowiak, his older sister Kerry says he was always a natural leader.
"He had this incredible personality where people just flocked to him," says Ferguson.
Ferguson says her brother knew what his mission was and was passionate about it.
Now she says, even though he won't be there to lead, Ferguson knows her brother would want his fellow solders to finish the mission.
"They were there for a reason, a purpose, and he would want them to continue and be brave."
His death has been tough for the family, but they're proud of Casey's service.
Funeral arrangements for Staff Sergeant Grochowiak will be this Saturday, September 11th, at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego.