Monday, January 13, 2014

Thousands Turn Out in North Idaho Town to Honor Slain Airman, Family

Posted By on Mon, Jan 13, 2014 at 9:14 AM

Capt. David Lyon was buried with full honors Jan. 8 in the cemetery at the Air Force Academy in Colorado and when his family returned home to their North Idaho home Jan. 11, they were met by thousands of people to show their support for the family of the airman who died in combat operations Dec. 27 in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Lyon—who used to be known as David Lissy when he lived in Sandpoint—was a 28-year-old member of the 21st Logistics Readiness Squadron, based out of Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado. Witnesses said he died when an improvised explosive device was detonated near his convoy.

Lyon was nearing the end of a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan. He was due back home in about six weeks.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports that thousands packed Sandpoint's First Avenue, Cedar Street and the Long Bridge to greet the return of Lyon's family.

"This is what Sandpoint does," Kay Peterson told the Daily Bee. "We're here for each other."

Among those attending the Jan. 11 tribute were Bob and Kristie Suprenant, whose son Ethan Mart was killed in Afghanistan in August 2012.

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