SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Utah lawmakers are sharing their condolences after a Utah National Guard member was killed in combat operations in Afghanistan Wednesday.
Utah National Guardsman Sgt. Aaron Butler was killed and 11 other guard members were injured during the mission.
Statements of poured in from Utah lawmakers following the news Utah’s wounded service members.
Governor Gary Herbert:
“Jeanette and I were heartbroken to hear of the passing of one of Utah’s best, Staff Sgt. Aaron Butler. Tonight, we join all Utahns in grieving for him, and honoring his sacrifice — the ultimate sacrifice. Our hearts ache for his family, friends and loved ones, and they will long be on our minds and in our prayers.We pray also for the 11 members of his group who were injured in the explosion. May their healing come swiftly, and may they find comfort and strength through the coming weeks and months as they work toward recovery.It truly isn’t possible to offer adequate thanks to those who put their lives on the line day after day in the defense of freedom around the world. May God’s greatest blessings graciously fall upon those brave men and women who are dedicated to the service of their fellowmen. “
Senator Mike Lee:
“My heart goes out to the Butler family on the loss of their son Aaron. I am very grateful for all our service men and women who put their lives on the line for our nation. I will pray for all our Utah families who have loved ones serving in Afghanistan today.”
Senator Orrin Hatch:
A series of tweets from Senator Hatch’s Office, shares that Hatch spoke to the Butler’s parents Thursday. “Hatch expressed love and support, but most importantly gratitude for raising a son whose life will serve as inspiration for so many to come.”
Representative Chris Stewart:
“My heart goes out to the family of the Guardsman we lost in Afghanistan. It’s a reminder that we live in a dangerous world. Brave men and women and their families sacrifice every day to help protect us. On behalf of all of [sic] Utah we are grateful for their sacrifice.”
Representative Rob Bishop:
“I am grateful to all who put their lives at risk in the defense of our nation and freedom. At this time, I pray for the family of the Utah National Guardsman whose life was lost in Afghanistan, as well as the other service members who were injured during this operation.”
Representative Mia Love:
“I am praying for this brave soldiers family and for those soldiers who were injured and their families #gratitude #sacrifice #utpol”