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Fallen marine returns home

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Lance Corporal Timothy G. Serwinowski's flagged draped casket was saluted

By Andrew Polino & Eileen Buckley

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Niagara Falls, NY – The remains of North Tonawanda Lance Corporal Timothy G. Serwinowski arrived at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station Friday morning.

The 21-year old Marine was killed this week in Afghanistan. He was shot by a snipers bullet Sunday as he stepped out of a military vehicle while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He died Monday.

Serwinowski's family, friends and military members looked on as marines escorted the remains off an aircraft after arriving at the Falls base. The mourners were joined by the Patriot Guard Riders carrying American flags. His flagged draped casket was saluted. A procession of vehicles the escorted the soldier's remains.

Serwinwoski was with the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, out of Camp Lejeune, N.C. He only had one more month to serve before coming home.

Family and friends will gather on Friday and Saturday at the Amigone Funeral Home on Sherdian Drive, Town of Tonawanda to pay their respects. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 4 p.m.

The family has asked that donations be made in his honor to the North Tonawanda High School Scholarship Fund, Meadow Drive, North Tonawanda, N.Y., 14120.

Serwinowski was a 2007 graduate of North Tonawanda High School where he played football.

On Thursday, the New York State Senate unanimously adopted a resolution honoring the fallen Marine.