June 24, 2014
U.S. Army Sgt. Brant Sharp stands beside the casket as Pamela Toppen says goodbye to her son, Pfc. Aaron Toppen, following a graveside service at St. John’s Cemetery. Toppen, 19, was killed alongside four other American soldiers and an Afghan soldier in a friendly fire airstrike while they were engaged in a firefight earlier this month in Afghanistan. Sharp, a representative of Toppen’s unit, is assigned to be a constant escort for Toppen’s remains until his burial.