Pentagon officials announced the death of a local hero on Friday.
Sergeant John Lyons, 26, of Seaside Park, NJ, died on Wednesday in Afghanistan.
Officials say Lyons was in Ghazni Province when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire. He died from wounds suffered during the attack.
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Lyons was assigned to the 8th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas, according to the Defense Department.