HUDSON, N.H. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Officials say a man from Hudson, N.H. was one of the two Air Force officers killed in a plane crash in Afghanistan earlier this week.
He was identified as U.S. Air Force Capt. Ryan S. Phaneuf. The other airman was identified as Lt. Col. Paul K. Voss, of Guam.
Phaneuf graduated from Alvirne High School in 2007. His body will pass by his old high school in a procession on Thursday, according to WBZ-TV.
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen was among those to offer up condolences following the deal of Phaneuf.
"Ryan made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country, and I join a grateful national and all Granite Staters in honoring the life and service of this brave, young American," Shaheen said. "We owe Ryan and his family a tremendous debt."
This is the second "tragic loss" for the town this month, according to the Hudson, N.H. Board of Selectmen.
Last week, U.S. Navy veteran and Newport News Virginia police office Katie Thyne — who graduated from Alvirne High School in 2013 — was killed in the line of duty.
"The entire Hudson community is saddened by the loss of these two patriots and our thoughts and prayers will be with their families during this difficult time," the Hudson Board of Selectmen said in a statement.