A Lexington solider killed in the line of duty leaves behind a wife that he married nine months ago. Captain Andrew Ross, along with Sgt. 1st Class Eric Emond and Staff Sgt. Dylan Elchin, was killed by an IED (improvised explosive device) in Afghanistan November 27th.
Ross married his wife, Felicia, in February.
“I was the videographer that hung out with the groom and his party while a couple other ones went off with the bride. To get to hang with him and friends, just a real tight-knit brotherhood those guys had,” says filmmaker Bobby Craig.
And there was one moment of the wedding that still stands out to him.
“Kind of the first moment Drew saw her in her dress. Just to see the emotion he had. He started crying. He was definitely tearing up. He was a little more of the emotional one of the day, out of the bride and groom. At least to me. He was loving it,” says Craig.
“You are my wife, my best friend, my support,” Ross told his bride in their wedding video. “You’re everything to me. I couldn’t be where I am and do what I do without your support,” he told her.
Rockbridge County High School teacher and family friend David Miller was a guest at the wedding.
“I got to meet his unit at his wedding. The guys that he led. And they just thought the world of him also,” says Miller.
Miller’s son, Michael, served as best man in the wedding party. And just as Ross married the love of his life in February, Miller said he died doing what he loved-serving and protecting his country.
Just six years ago another Rockbridge County High School graduate, Stephen Chase Prasnicki, was also killed during combat operations in Afghanistan.
Miller has a theory.
“Drew looked up to Chase and thought a lot of Chase and I’m sure they are up there together now and did what they could do to protect us down here and probably doing the same up there,” he says.
Because a soldier’s work is never done.
Sources tell WFXR that Ross’ remains will arrive in Dover, Delaware this evening.