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Soldier from Orono Killed in Afghanistan 

Catherine Pegram

A soldier from Orono has been killed in Afghanistan. Governor Baldacci’s office says 25-year-old Sergeant Brandon Silk of Orono, who served with the 101st Airborne Division, died Monday. Silk – who attended Orono High School – was a Black Hawk crew chief, stationed in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. U.S. Representative Chellie Pingree says he died after he was injured during a hard helicopter landing.Silk played varsity football for Orono, after he transferred there from Calais in 2001. Assistant Principal and Football Coach Bob Sinclair says Silk also ran track at the school. Silk’s family didn’t walk to talk on camera but released a statement to the media today saying: “We are all horribly saddened by the death of Brandon. He was a son, a brother, a nephew, and a cousin – and was well loved by everyone in this family. We have always been a tight-knit family and Brandon’s spirit will live on through memories of his sense of humor, his love for adventure, and the memories he created through his unique, outgoing, strong personality,” They add, “Brandon died while serving his country – honorably and with respect. When duty called, he answered that call without hesitation. We miss him and we love him.”The governor spoke with Silk’s family earlier today after learning of the loss.He’ll order flags to be lowered to half-staff on the day of Silk’s funeral.No information on a service is available yet.