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Governor orders flags lowered in honor of fallen Berks soldier

Procession returns fallen soldier to Berks County

HARRISBURG, Pa. - It was a solemn salute Friday as a fallen soldier was returned to Berks County.

A procession, led by more than a dozen motorcycles, took the remains of U.S. Army Chief Warrant Ofc. Jarett Yoder from the Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to the Feeney Funeral Home in Reading.

Yoder, 26, will be laid to rest at noon Monday at Forest Hills Memorial Park in Exeter Township.

Earlier Friday, Gov. Tom Corbett ordered all U.S. and Pennsylvania flags at the Captiol complex in Harrisburg and at commonwealth facilities in Berks County to fly at half-staff Monday in Yoder's honor.

The 2005 Oley Valley High School graduate was one of two Pennsylvania National Guard soldiers killed in a helicopter crash in eastern Afghanistan on April 9.

Flags for the other crash victim, Chief Warrant Ofc. Matthew Paul Ruffner, 34, of Indiana County, will be lowered in his honor on Saturday, the day of his burial.


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