Funeral held for fallen Okla. soldier
LAWTON, Okla. (AP) - A Lawton soldier who was killed in Afghanistan earlier this month is being remembered as a hero.
Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral Wednesday of Army Spc. Charles Scott Jirtle in Lawton.
The 29-year-old Jirtle and four other soldiers from Fort Campbell, Ky., were killed June 7 when their patrol struck a roadside bomb in eastern Afghanistan. Jirtle joined the Army in 2007.
Many fought back tears as a slide show featuring images from Jirtle's childhood and military career played on giant overhead screens at First Baptist East. Pastor Trey Smart said Jirtle had graduated to the realm of an American hero for his service to his country.
Jirtle is survived by his pregnant wife, Savannah, two daughters, a son, his parents and four brothers.