New England's War Dead: Afghanistan
Staff Sergeant Bruce A. Rushforth Jr., 35, Middleborough
Rushforth died Feb. 22, 2002, in a helicopter crash during a training exercise in the Philippines. He joined the Army in 1990 and worked his way up to flight engineer in the elite "Night Stalker" unit. Friends remembered his devotion to golf , and coaches at Middleborough High remembered a relief pitcher with a wicked knuckle ball. Besides his family in Massachusetts, he left his wife, Athena, of Tennessee.