Stateline Hero Remembered for His Sacrifice


BYRON (WIFR) -- The family of a fallen Marine is trying to carry on their hero's name by donating a scholarship to high school students.

Friends of 19-year old Lance Corporal Alec Catherwood say he left a mark on everyone he met. Today the community gathered on North Union Street in Byron to celebrate his life along with his service and his sacrifice to our country.

Catherwood died nearly three years ago during a tour in Afghanistan. His father Kirk says the annual festival gives him a chance to reflect on his son.

“Alec was fun to be around,” his father Kirk said. “He liked to joke and laugh, be silly and not really act his age.”

Catherwood's platoon was ambushed while trying to rescue fellow Marines in October of 2010.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
23 WIFR 2523 North Meridian Road Rockford, IL. 61101 Business: 815-987-5300 Fax: 815-965-0981 News: 815-987-5330 Fax: 815-987-5333
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 208038561