RAMSEY - Residents of Ramsey, in Bergen County are paying their respects to Army Staff Sgt. Timothy McGill, who was killed in action in Afghanistan.
A viewing was held Thursday at St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church where McGill was a parishioner. He was also a 2001 graduate of the high school where he played football.
McGill was also a volunteer firefighter for the town, and comes from a family of law enforcement officers.
McGill first served as a Marine and was deployed to Iraq back in 2005. He joined the National Guard in 2005, eventually qualifying as a member of the Army's elite special forces unit, known as the Green Berets.
Fellow Green Beret team members attended the viewing. At one point, students from St. Paul's school filed across the street in silence, holding flags, paying tribute and saying a prayer for McGill and his family.
"He was only 30 years old," says family friend Nicole Marian, "and he had already achieved so many honors, awards and distinctions, that people in an entire career don't achieve."
Master Sgt. Terry Schappert, of the U.S. Army Special Forces offered some comfort with the loss. "We do this for one word: love," he says. "We love our country, we love our families, and more than anything, we love each other. And he was one of us in all of those things.
Staff Sergeant McGill was scheduled to come home to Ramsey this month. He is the third soldier the Ramsey community has lost in the last three years.