NAPLES, Fla. -- Friends and family lined the streets in Naples to pay final respects to a local hero. The body of Staff Sergeant Marc A. Scialdo returned home Thursday morning. He was one of five killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.
SSgt Marc A. Scialdo was assigned to the 603rd Aviation Support Battalion, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division and a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter Crew Chief.
SSgt Scialdo was on a second deployment when his helicopter crashed in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.
Thursday, the body of SSgt Scialdo was brought home to Naples and a funeral procession followed to Shikany's Funeral Home in Bonita Springs. It was a full law enforcement escort and also included the Patriot Guard Riders.
"I just ride with the patriot guards," said Tony Monastra.
Tony Monastra has ridden in 50 processions.
"It chokes me up," said Monastra.
Monastra and his motorcycle waited on the tarmac at Naples Airport, surrounded by dozens of people, as Staff Sargeant Marc Scialdo's remains arrived home.
"I feel like we have to owe it to our military, whenever there's a death in the military i always try to stand behind them," said Monastra.
His casket was met by family and friends, members of the military and local law enforcement. Then they all traveled north to a funeral home in Bonita Springs. Family and friends gathered inside, strangers were outside.
"I just wanted to show my respects," said Jackie Willoughby.
Jackie Willoughby is the matriarch of a military family. Her own grandson is in the Army, who just returned home from Afghanistan.
"And I just break down whenever i see somebody in the military, just breaks my heart...cause there for the grace of god, it could've been my grandson, it couldve been him here. My heartfelt feelings for the family, and their loss, but i'm just so proud of him for serving his country because its a great honor to serve for our honor," said Willoughby.
On Friday, March 22, there will be a full law enforcement escort to St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church in Naples beginning at 9 a.m. followed by a service at 10 a.m. Full Military Honors will be rendered.