South Jersey soldier killed in Iraq is laid to rest

July 3, 2008 5:21:00 PM PDT
Hundreds of state troopers and police joined ranks to remember Major Dwayne Kelley. The 48 year old Army Reserve soldier died in Iraq last week. He was one of 10 people killed in an explosion. It was Major Kelley's third tour of duty. His first was shortly after 9-11.

Major Demetrius Payne served with him in Iraq and said "Dwayne had a very big heart, always cared about people, put people first. His first love was making sure others were taken care of."

Kelley was also a New Jersey state trooper. Sgt Dwight Payne fought crime alongside him here at home. "No matter what rank you are or what assignment you have, we're all troopers. When we lose one like this, it makes a big impact on all of us," he said.

Law enforcement officers from across New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and as far away as Indiana came to Burlington city to bid the husband and father of two, farewell. So too did former military members and just plain folk from various communities.