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Funeral for medic hurt in Afghanistan accident

AP Wire • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:53 AM

Spc. Zachary Shanafelt of Grand Rapids was hurt in an accident last year and died Nov. 21 at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington.

During Friday's funeral service, a fellow soldier, Army Spec. Nick Sanders, remembered Shanafelt as someone who "took your mind off war." Sanders told mourners that his friend "saved countless lives" while they were deployed "and kept us light on our feet."

Shanafelt's survivors include his wife, Marina; their 13-month-old son, Daniel; his parents, Patrick and Gloria Shanafelt; and brothers, Christopher and Silas Shanafelt.

Shanafelt was a 2006 graduate of Creston High School and enlisted in 2009. He served five months in Afghanistan before he suffered the injury.

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