Flags on Kenmore and Town of Tonawanda municipal buildings will be flown at half-staff Monday and Tuesday in honor of a local Army Reserve sergeant who was killed Tuesday during training exercises at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.
Sgt. Philip Struebel, 40, of 253 Hamilton Blvd., Kenmore, was one of two Buffalo-area Army Reservists killed in the accident. Also killed was Sgt. Herbert V. Revill, 43, of Grand Island. Sgt. John Wanat, 49, of Grand Island was seriously injured.
"This is a sad occasion for all village residents," Kenmore Mayor John W. Beaumont said today as he announced the flags would fly at half-staff. "It really grieves me when someone so close to us dies. We all mourn his death."
Town of Tonawanda Supervisor Ronald H. Moline said flags in the town also will be flown at half-staff.
"It's a tragic accident and a terrible loss to the Army Reserves and the community," he said. "We extend our deepest condolences to the family."