Colorado flags at half-staff to honor soldier |

Colorado flags at half-staff to honor soldier

AP Photo/Rocky Mountain News, Bauer family photoJustin Bauer, an 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper, died Jan. 10, in Iraq after an improvised explosive device attack near his patrol in Baghdad.

DENVER, Colorado ” Gov. Bill Ritter has ordered U.S. and Colorado flags to fly at half-staff on state and federal buildings on Wednesday in honor of a Berthoud soldier killed in Iraq.

Staff Sgt. Justin Bauer was killed Jan. 10 from injuries caused by a roadside bomb in Baghdad. It was the 24-year-old soldier’s second tour of duty there.

He was a paratrooper assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C. Bauer was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

Bauer graduated from Berthoud High School in 2002. He served as a firefighter with the Berthoud Fire Protection District before joining the Army in October 2004.

Bauer is survived by his wife, Kari Bauer; his parents, Gregory Bauer and Connie Haddock; and two brothers and a sister.

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