Senator Bacon extends his hand in gratitude to the family of Sergeant First Class Zachary Bannister who died Oct. 17 during a training deployment with U.S. Army Special Forces in Kenya

COLUMBUS - On Tuesday, members of the Ohio Senate honored Army Green Beret, Sergeant First Class Zachary Bannister who died during a training deployment with his Special Forces unit in Kenya. 

"Sergeant First Class Zachary Bannister was a hero in every sense of the word," said Senator Kevin Bacon (R-Westerville). "Our state and nation owes a debt of gratitude to Zachary and to the loving family this patriot leaves behind."

Bannister, a graduate of Reynoldsburg High School, was on his third deployment with U.S. Special Forces when he died on October 17. He previously served two tours of duty with his Green Beret Unit in Afghanistan where he earned three Bronze Stars. Before joining the Special Forces, Bannister served as an air-rescue firefighter in the Marines, serving two tours of duty in Iraq. 

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