With a heavy heart, Massachusetts Fallen Heroes confirms news that one of the organization’s founders, Sergeant First Class Eric Emond, was killed yesterday while fighting in Afghanistan. Eric was instrumental in establishing our mission and the memorial to honor Massachusetts military members who have died while in service since September 11, 2001.
“Eric was a part of Massachusetts Fallen Heroes from day one. He was in the room at Florian Hall developing our mission, creating our logo, and ultimately designing our memorial from the back of a napkin.” said Dan Magoon, Executive Director of Massachusetts Fallen Heroes. “This organization would not exist if it wasn’t for Eric’s commitment and dedication, along with the support of his wife and sister.”
From the beginning, the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes mission was to Honor the Fallen and to Support and Empower Gold Star Families. Eric was closely connected to the Gold Star Family community. He proudly fostered those relationships and built that network within the organization.
“Sadly, our mission has become all too real. Eric and the Emond family have become a part of our Gold Star Family community. We will honor him as we have the other brave men and women on our memorial. We will care for his family as he did for all Gold Star Families.” Magoon continued.
Eric was a tried and true Patriot. He served seven tours in America’s longest war. He dedicated his life to his beautiful wife Allie, his three children, and his country.
“When people pass by our memorial, we ask that they take a moment to Honor all Gold Star Families and the Fallen Heroes that have made the ultimate sacrifice. Know that the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Memorial would not have become a reality without Sergeant First Class Eric Emond.” Said Magoon.
Contact: Megan Thatford