ROSEVILLE (CBS13) — Fans filled the stands Friday night for high school football, but in one stadium, the applause resonated with a deeper meaning for a true hometown hero lost in the final days of the war in Afghanistan.
It’s an image seared into minds amid deep sorrow. A young Marine sergeant holding and protecting a tiny life in Afghanistan.READ MORE: Scott Peterson Set To Be Re-Sentenced For Murder Of Pregnant Wife
Nicole Gee would lose her life doing her job and serving her country.
On Friday night, friends, family and strangers at her old high school—Oakmont in Roseville—put sports aside to salute her sacrifice.
Players wore reminders of what it means to be a true hero in the field of battle.READ MORE: Person, Cat Rescued From Citrus Heights Apartment Fire
“We had some helmet stickers made for our players,” one school official said. “We have a scholarship that was created by our Oakmont teachers for military students going into the military.”
This latest gesture added to the other displays of gratitude like some chalk art showing the lasting image that captured Nicole’s caring touch.
“We just wanted to have an overall tribute from our community to show her family and friends that we care and we appreciate her service,” a school official said.MORE NEWS: Deputies Searching For Home Invasion Robber Who Targeted Mountain House Residence
A service that ended as it began—with total dedication and willingness to pay the ultimate price. Earlier this week, Gee was awarded the Purple Heart.