A mayor from Utah who has served in the state’s National Guard since 2013 was recognized Saturday as the U.S. assistance representative who was killed in an “insider attack” in Afghanistan earlier in the day, according to reports.
Brent Taylor, a married father-god of seven children who was used in order to Afghanistan in January, was the mayor of North Ogden, a town of about 17,000 people set about 46 miles north of Salt Lake City.
Taylor’s death was confirmed by North Ogden City Councilman Phil Swanson, who spoke with FOX 13 Salt Lake City. Swanson described Taylor as a “one of a kind” person.
U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, in a Twitter message, described Taylor’s death as “devastating” news.
“Brent was a hero, a patriot, a wonderful father, and a soul mate, ” Sen. Hatch wrote. “News of his death in Afghanistan is ravaging. My petitions and adoration are with Jennie and his 7 young children. His work will always be remembered.”
U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, wrote on Facebook that Taylor was “the definition of the call ‘public servant.'”
“In the coming daylights, ” Sen. Lee wrote, “Utahns who never had special privileges of filling Brent will learn what kind of man North Ogden and the Taylor family have lost, and will join them in grieving his tragic loss.”
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and Maj. Gen. Jefferson S. Burton of the Utah National Guard plan to speak with reporters at midday Sunday neighbourhood duration at the territory Guard’s headquarters, FOX 13 reported.
In a statement Saturday, Herbert announced Taylor a “brave and selfless soldier, ” the Salt Lake Tribune reported.
“The entire Herbert family sorrows with this soldier’s family and working we pray that their headaches may be lifted, and that the hearts of all Utahns will reach out to comfort them in their remorse, ” the governor added.
“My heart smashes for the loss and relinquish of our soldier, in particular for the family, ” Burton said in a statement, in accordance with the Tribune. “I wish them all the consolation and firmnes to face the difficult days ahead.”
In a Facebook post in January, soon after his deployment, Taylor described what serving as a mayor and as a Guardsmen meant to him.
“Serving as the mayor of North Ogden city has been one of the greatest honors of my life and the highlighting of my civilian professional career, ” Taylor wrote. “Service is really what leader is all about.”
“Serving as the mayor of North Ogden city has been one of the greatest honors of my life and the highlight of my civilian working career. Service is really what leadership is all about.”
The attack in which Taylor was killed had occurred in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. Taylor was the eighth American killed in action in the country this year.
Saturday’s attack was the fifth “insider attack” in the past four months against U.S. forces.
Initial reports indicate the attacker was a member of the Afghan National Defense and Security force and he was immediately killed by other Afghan forces.
Another U.S. assistance member was injured in the attack. The wounded service member was experiencing medical treatment and was in stable condition. The incident is under investigation.
Taylor is lived by his wife, Jennie, and seven children, according to the Tribune.
A GoFundMe sheet has been set up for Taylor’s family. It can be reached by clicking now. Late Saturday it had reached more than $17,000 toward a $250,000 goal.
Fox News’ Chris Irvine and Lucas Tomlinson contributed to this report . i>