July 24, 2006
"Very sad. Very sad for his parents," said Deborah Brown.
Brown need only thumb through a yearbook to remember William Monroe High School graduate Adam Fargo. Brown was Assistant Principal when Fargo was in school and remembers a very feisty young man.
"He was full of life. He was very passionate about certain things, soccer being one. He loved, slept, breathed soccer," she said.
But that life was cut short Saturday morning when the vehicle he was riding in struck a roadside bomb in Baghdad. Friends and family gathered at Fargo's Ruckersville home over the weekend to remember a person always eager to lend a helping hand.
"The location he was in wasn't pretty. But he was willing to sacrifice that, fight through that, look beyond that to be able to help people," said Doug Fargo, Adam's father.
"He was passionate about everything he encountered. He loved his friends and his family. He just had so much to offer," said Sarah Fargo, Adam's sister.
Fargo was a combat medic and just four months away from returning home. He had a serious girlfriend and talked about becoming a nurse. And while friends and family mourn his loss, they all say what he leaves behind are lasting memories.
"He made high school fun. He had a good time while he was here. He wasn't a kid that got into a lot of trouble and stuff," Brown said.
"Let's not forget all that he left. All the things that he taught people along the way and how he touched their lives," Sarah Fargo said.
The community is planning a memorial service for Fargo on Saturday from 10 to 2 at William Monroe. After that, he will be buried with full military honors.