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Age:   24
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
Date of Death: 11/9/2003
Incident Location: Baghdad
Branch of Military:   Army
Rank: Sgt.
Unit: 307th Military Police Company, U.S. Army Reserve
Unit's Base: New Kensington, Pa.

For Sgt. Nicholas A. Tomko, the Army Reserve was the ticket to a new career in law enforcement. The armored car driver joined three years ago, served six months in Bosnia, and, after two months off, went with his unit to Iraq. Tomko, 24, of Pittsburgh, Pa., died Nov. 9 in Baghdad when the Humvee he was riding in was attacked with mortar and small-arms fire. "He was a great kid, brave as hell, he didn''t take no chances, he knew his stuff," said his father, Jack Tomko, who served in the Marine Corps from 1966 to 1970. Father and son didn''t talk about the war or conditions in Iraq. "I told him you don''t tell me what is going on, you tell me when you get home," Jack Tomko said. His son was due home at the end of December. The day before he was killed, he had spoken on the telephone with Jessica Baillie, his fiance and the mother of their 2-year-old son, Ethan. "I''m going to make sure than Ethan knows that his dad is a hero ... that he went over there to fight for his country," Baillie said.
Source: Associated Press
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