The community of North Ogden, Utah is remembering their mayor, Brent Taylor.
Mayor Taylor was also a major in the Utah National Guard – and he was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday. NATO officials have confirmed that an Afghan commando turned his gun on American soldiers in Kabul, killing Taylor and wounding another – other Afghans then shot him to death. This is the third such incident in less than a month.
Taylor has been mayor since 2013 and temporarily stepped down as mayor to deploy to Afghanistan with the Utah National Guard – and this wasn’t the first time. He had previously served three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Taylor is survived by his wife and their seven children.
Mayor Taylor announced his deployment via Facebook earlier this year and kept his family and friends back home up to date on his travels there are as well. Just last week, he cheered witnessing Afghanistan citizens participating in their first parliamentary election – and encouraged Americans to take similar advantage of that right at the polls tomorrow.