Tolar Remembers Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

Sgt. 1st Class Riley G. Stephens honored at candlelight vigil

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    Tolar area residents attend a candlelight vigil at the old Tolar High School football field to honor hometown Army Special Forces soldier Sgt. 1st Class Riley G. Stephens.

    The small town of Tolar honored a native son who was killed in action in Afghanistan last week.

    Army Sgt. 1st Class Riley G. Stephens, 39, died in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, after sustaining fatal wounds during a Sept. 28 attack.

    Stephens was remembered during a candlelight vigil on Wednesday at the Old Tolar Rattler Football Field.

    Stephens was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) based in Fort Bragg, N.C. He was a Special Forces medical sergeant. This was his fifth deployment during the Afghanistan War.

    He was a native of Tolar, 46 miles southwest of Fort Worth. Stephens is survived by his wife, three children and father.

    The Department of Defense said Stephen's military awards include the Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device, the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Army Achievement Medal with Valor Device, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal and many more.