Thirty-year old Sergeant First Class Lawrence David Ezell was killed in Iraq on April 30th, 2008.
He was an explosive ordinance disposal team leader while deployed. His job was to find IEDs and dismantle them. It was an IED that took his life.
At his memorial, friends and fellow soldiers stood up to share fond memories and stories about Ezell. They spoke about his easy smile, his sense of humor and his unique way of teaching.
Staff Sergeant Jess Stone, who has known Ezell for close to four years, told us that Ezell, or David as he was known by friends, was a true hero.
Ezell enlisted in the army October 31, 1994 and has been deployed to the middle east three different times.
His many awards and decorations include the Bronze Star with an oak leaf cluster, the Purple Heart and the Army Commendation Medal.
He is survived by his wife Christy and his young son Tristan, as well as his parents Lawrence Ezell and Rebecca Ballew.
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