Family Remembers Soldier Killed in Iraq

By: McKenzie Martin Email
By: McKenzie Martin Email

An Army officer who grew up in Colorado Springs and attended Air Academy High School was one of 12 soldiers killed on Sunday when a Black Hawk helicopter crashed in Baghdad.

46-year-old Brian Allgood was the top American medical officer in Iraq. His path took him from Colorado Springs, to West Point, to a medical career with the Army and his family says he died doing what he loved most, serving his country.

Sunday, Cleo Allgood got the phone call every mother fears most.

"He had been killed and all I could do was scream and cry," Cleo said.

Her son, Brian, had been killed when his helicopter was shot down by insurgents in Baghdad.

With more than 30 years of service in the army, Brian's dad, Vietnam Veteran and retired Col. Gerald Allgood says his son touched the lives of everyone he met.

"Honest to a full, well respected and honored by his fellow officers and men who worked for him and with him," said Gerald.

And he was a son who was making his dad very proud.

"I was very proud that he followed our footsteps.”

A dedicated soldier, who was also a loving husband, father, brother and son.

"Everything he did, he gave at least 110-percent," said his mother Cleo.

A tremendous loss for not just the Allgood family, but for the Army and our country and everyone who got the chance to know Brian.

"It's just going to be very empty, for forever," said Cleo.

Memorial services for Col. Brian Allgood are planned around the world including one here at Fort Carson. Allgood leaves behind a wife and an 11-year-old son who currently live in Germany.

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