DUMONT - (AP) - A soldier from New Jersey has died whileserving in Afghanistan.

Dumont Mayor Matthew McHale told The Record newspaper that RyanGartner was "a true patriot." Gartner was serving his second tourof duty.

The Defense Department has not yet released information on itswebsite early Friday about Gartner's death.

Gartner's family was traveling to Dover Air Force Base inDelaware and could not be reached for comment.

Former classmates told the newspaper Gartner left Dumont HighSchool before graduating and enrolled in a New Jersey NationalGuard program at Fort Dix.