We would like to thank U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Bryan David Berky for his service to our country and for his, and his family's, sacrifice in service to our country.
We ask for your prayers and support of the Berky family.
Berky, 25, formerly of Melrose, was killed Saturday in an ambush by insurgents in Afghanistan. He was an elite bomb detonation specialist who enlisted in the Air Force shortly after graduating from Bradford County High School in 2002.
At the request of Berky's family, his return was marked by a simple ceremony, according to Alachua County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Steve Maynard.
Berky's mother, widow and other survivors will receive visitors at the Chapel in the Meadows, 4100 N.W. 39th Ave., from 5 to 7 p.m. today. A funeral service of military honors will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the chapel.
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