Army Specialist Brett E. Gornewicz; Photo Courtesy: Andrew Smith
The family of 27 year old Army Specialist Brett Gornewicz is preparing for their soldier-son to be laid to rest here in Western New York. They were there at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware when his body arrived back in this country earlier this week.
His body is scheduled to be flown back to the region on Sunday, with a wake planned for later that day at the Charles Meyer Funeral Home. That will go from 2 until 8 p.m.
Gornewicz will be remembered in a funeral this upcoming Monday. It is scheduled for 11 a.m. at St. John's Church in Alden.
The Army reservist from Alden and two other soldiers were killed Saturday when their armored vehicle struck an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.
His sister Cassandra Cranston tells 2 on Your Side that her brother was a selfless man who always put others before his needs. In fact he was awarded the Bronze Star for valor.
Cranston says her brother never complained or talked that much about what he experienced in Iraq or Afghanistan but he believed in what he was doing. She says he did express the opinion that it was more dangerous in Afghanistan.
Gornewicz had the very dangerous assignment of combat engineer and he and others in his unit would often clear roads of IEDs to help save the lives of other soldiers.
Gornewicz was an Alden High School and SUNY graduate with an engineering degree and he hoped to start a new life with his girlfriend Nicole in North Carolina when his deployment was over.