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Loved Ones Pay Tribute To Fallen Hero: Darrel Enos

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A fallen hero who died in the line of duty, was remembered Saturday in Colorado Springs.

We first told you in August about Petty Officer First Class Darrel Enos. He was killed in Afghanistan by the Afghan officer he was training.

The sailor served five tours overseas, earning several medals including the Purple Heart.

Loved ones paid tribute in a special memorial service by celebrating life of the loving father and husband who dedicated his life to his country.

With dog tags engraved with his picture around their necks, and close to their hearts, family and friends remembered the life of PO1 Darrel Enos.

“He was very dedicated to serving his country, but he was just as dedicated to being a husband and father,” said Enos.

Hearts were heavy and eyes filled with tears as dozens paid tribute to the man who sacrificed it all for his country.

His twin brother Dale said he died doing what he did best, helping others. Enos served time as an enlisted medical specialist for the Navy Hospital Corpsman.

“He took care of a lot of guys over there. If it wasn't for him, some of them probably wouldn't have made it home,” said Dale Enos.

“He was very proud when he was able to help a fellow service-member go home to their family,” said Andrea Enos.

Tears were shed, but the family said they also wanted to share laughter, because that’s how they remember their fallen hero; full of joy.

"Almost feels like a big part of me is missing. He was my twin brother. We came into this world 7 minutes apart and we've been pretty much that close ever since. It's hard, I'm gonna miss him a lot,” said Dale Enos.

Veterans stood up during the ceremony and thanks Darrel for his service, while others passed the mic around sharing fond memories.

“Darrel believed a lot in what he was doing, he believed in his mission, believed he was doing the right thing,” said Dale Enos.

Friends and family nicknamed Enos "frosty the beer man" because he used to brew his own beer.

Darrel’s wife Andrea says even after all the hardship he endured overseas, he always kept a positive outlook on life.

"When we were together between missions and training sessions, he made every moment count, and I will have that for the rest of my life. That's what's gonna get me through,” said Andrea Enos.

With the playing of taps, and a final salute, loved ones said goodbye to their hero, who is now at rest.

The family tells 11 News that Darrel graduated from Mitchell High School here in the Springs in 1994. We learned that a classroom has now been dedicated in his honor.

Enos was in the Navy, attached to a marine battalion, training Afghan police recruits when he was killed in action during his fifth tour of service. One of the recruits turned the gun on him.

We talked to Enos’ family after they just received the news that he had been killed in the line of duty. Darrel was scheduled to be home just a week after his death. He was Patricia Loren’s youngest son.

“Darrel was very proud to be serving his country always, but it’s such a needless loss,” said Loren.

This year members of Afghan security forces have killed at least 36 coalition troops.

Darrel was also honored at Marine Corps Camp Lejeune in North Carolina before this memorial service. Enos grew up in Colorado Springs.


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