Remembering Cpl. Ricky Bell
By: Holly Brantley
The 21 year old died alongside his fellow soldiers in a Black Hawk helicopter crash. It was a mission he volunteered for.
"He loved the army," said his aunt Glenda Overbey. "Knowing he volunteered for the mission makes us happy."
It's been almost a week since Caruthersville heard the news. Since then, people in Caruthersville made every effort to show Ricky what his service and his friendship meant to them.
More than 750 turned out for a processional Tuesday returning Cpl. Bell to his hometown.
"He was a hero and a friend," said Michael Schoolcraft.
Folks lined up around the corner of The First Baptist Church to say a final goodbye.
Meanwhile, the Kennett Fire Department raised a giant flag of red white and blue. The 20 by 40 foot symbol of patriotism honors the fallen hero for his service and his sacrifice.