Funeral procession held for Rockland soldier

BOSTON (WHDH) - A funeral process was held Thursday for Staff Sergeant Sean Christoper O’Connell of Rockland.

O’Connell served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan.

He received the Combat Action badge.

Local law enforcement lined overpasses as the funeral passed by, standing at attention with American flags.

O’Connell died of natural causes while on a bear hunting trip in Maine.

His childhood friend, John Stappen, said the loss was devastating.

“I’m absolutely torn to the core,” he said. “I’m completely heartbroken. This is a very hard loss for me. This kid had the heart of gold, one of a kind. You can’t find people like this.”


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