Sen. Kay Hagan spoke on the Senate floor Thursday about the fallen North Carolina service members who gave their lives in Afganistan. She said they should not be forgotten as the war winds down there.
Among them were Corporal Darrion Terrell Hicks, United States Army, from Raleigh, NC who died on July 19, 2012— just 2 months ago.
"Darrion was a 2009 graduate of Broughton High School, where he was a stand-out student who was loved and respected by all," Hagan said. "Darrion always wanted to be a soldierr," Hagan said. " It was a goal he set early on and something everyone remembers about him. It is a goal he pursued with diligence and honor. He was a model Junior ROTC student who was voted Mr. Junior ROTC by his peers."
She continued:"Darrion is remembered as the kind of young man a teacher wishes all of their students were like. He was the boy you wanted your children to be friends with. He became the kind of man we should all be so thankful to have in this world. When I was speaking with his mom, Tracy, she shared with me that he was the kind of boy who never gave her a problem. Ever.
"Corporal Hicks achieved his goal of becoming a Soldier when he enlisted in the Army after graduating from high school. He loved the Army and it seemed that he had found his place in life. He loved his family and kept in close contact with his mother. Whenever he spoke with his mom, she would tell him “Always pray. Be Safe. I love you,” to which he would respond, “I am going to be fine. I love you, too.”
"In 2012, he was serving with the 54th Engineer Battalion, 18th Engineer Brigade as a Sapper. Sappers are responsible for clearing the way for others, for making the way safe for those that follow. This is what Corporal Hicks was doing when he was killed by an enemy IED. He was only 21 years old.
"As one of his teachers at Broughton said, "When we talk about Darrion, we're not talking about a teacher making an impact on a student. We're talking about a student who made an impact on the teacher."
"Corporal Hicks made an impact on everyone he touched and I think we all have something to learn from him and the life he chose to lead.''