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FORT WORTH -- Sergeant William Moody e-mailed his hometown fire chief in Burleson on June 17th.

"When I get home to surprise my kids," he wrote, "it will mean the world to them."

Moody was killed the very next day in a rocket attack on Bagram Air Base.

He had planned to roll up to his kids' school in a fire engine in September. Instead, his family watched a plane deliver the casket at Meacham Airport in Fort Worth Wednesday afternoon.

They received the remains privately in a hangar A hundred or more Patriot Guard Riders escorted the hearse to the funeral home.

Among them was Air Force Master Sergeant Theodis James, still in uniform from his shift at the joint reserve base.

"It's an honor to do this," he said. "I have served where he did in Afghanistan."

Patriot Guard rider Carlton Emmons said he is coming up on 400 missions -- 400 times to look into the eyes of grief stricken widows, children, and parents.

"Today is hard," he said. "Especially since we lost four Americans in that one attack."

William Moody was 30 years old. After graduating from Burleson High, he served two tours in Iraq with the Marines. This was his third tour in Afghanistan with the Army.

He leaves behind a wife, two sons, and a daughter.

E-mail jdouglas@wfaa.com

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