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RAEFORD, N.C.--Hundreds of Patriot Guard Riders led the body of Staff Sgt. Donna Johnson to the Crumple Funeral home in Raeford on Friday.

"Because of everything they do for us, they keep us free, they keep us safe, it's the least we can do to recognize their service," said Dutch Macomber
Patriot Guard Riders

Staff Sgt. Johnson's family and supporters watched as the casket was carried to its final resting place.

Johnson grew up in Raeford and Police Chief Kemp Crumpler said Johnson was part of the small town family.

"Raeford is a small town, its a military town, we have a lot of families here that belong to the military, Sgt. Johnson grew up here, so she is family," said Crumpler.

Johnson joined the National Guard in 2006 and was a member of the 514th Military Police Company based out of Winterville.

Two other North Carolina soldiers were killed in the attack and the Patriot Guard Riders said they attend these ceremonies too often.

"We do them often, but you always notice we always have glasses on, there is a reason we have glasses on, it still touches a lot of hearts and your likely to see some tears,” said Macomber.

Johnson will be laid to rest Saturday in Raeford.

The town is expecting a large number of people to honor the true american hero.

"We will probably have a little over 1,000 people in the small town of Raeford on Saturday that didn't even know Staff Sgt. Johnson and they come here for one reason, patriotism and to show pride,” said Crumpler.

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