WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) - A 21 year old man from Williamsville has made the ultimate sacrifice in the war on terror.
News 4 spoke with army specialist Blake Whipple's father last night, who tells us his son just joined the army last year.
As soon as you walk into the Whipple home, you'll notice pictures of their youngest son Blake.
His father tells News 4 the family didn't like his decision to enlist in the U.S. Army.
But they supported him once they realized how determined and committed he was to serving his country.
David Whipple said, "Our thought was gonna be that he's gonna be scared and concerned and I think this is part of his maturation I think. He just said to his mom it's my job and I'm gonna go over and do it."
Specialist Blake Whipple enlisted shortly after graduating from Williamsville East High School.
Brian Clyburn, Blake's brother said, "He knew the dangers but it didn't stop him."
As a Combat Engineer, it was his job to clear roadside bombs.
He was killed when the enemy used one to attack his unit.
"He was proud of what he did, it was his job. I think if you talked to him today he wouldn't have regretted his decision," said Sean Whipple.
The family focused on embracing his chosen path and his fellow service men and women.
Clyburn said, "On several holidays Christmas and Thanksgiving of last year we had some of his fellow soldiers down to our house for the holiday because they couldn't get home."
Blake was just as giving.
His brothers tell us they were like their own little team growing up.
Everyone says he'd help anybody in need.
Sean Whipple added, "It was important for us growing up to have each other and I think it shaped a lot of who we are today."
"It was more important to him to be an ear to be a shoulder to his friends and his buddies as much as it was to you know deal with himself," said David Whipple.
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