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Fallen soldier's mother said he always wanted to be a firefighter

By Mark MESTER
Published On: Dec 24 2013 01:56:46 AM CST
Updated On: Aug 13 2013 11:36:10 AM CDT

In a symbolic gesture during Monday's emotional homecoming, members of the Roseville Fire Department, which is Nicholas' brother's station, carried his casket from the plane to the hearse.

REDDING, Calif. -

The body of North State soldier Nicholas Burley was flown back to California Monday morning.

Burley's casket was flown from Dover Air Force Base to Lincoln in Placer County, which is near Sacramento.

The 22-year-old was killed in Afghanistan two weeks ago by indirect enemy fire.

Nicholas' mother, Tammy Olmstead spoke with us about her loss on Friday when her son was honored at the Wall of Remembrance memorial.

Olmstead said her son always wanted to be firefighter.

"It's so hard on the economy now and they say if you join the military you have a better chance so he (Nicholas) goes I'm gonna join the military mom, I'll save money and I'll become a firefighter," said Olmstead.

In a symbolic gesture during Monday's emotional homecoming, members of the Roseville Fire Department, which is Nicholas' brother's station, carried his casket from the plane to the hearse.

Firefighter, Zachery Ford told KRCR News Channel 7 reporter Evan Schreiber, "We organized everyone to get out to the airport here today, and made sure we showed a good strong showing out here so that his family knows that we support him 100% in whatever they need from us."

The California Highway Patrol led the funeral procession with dozens of Patriot Guard riders following.

Olmstead said her son is now with God.

"God needs the good ones up there, but they took an extremely good one," said Olmstead.

A memorial service is being held Tuesday in Nevada City.