Greensboro, NC-- Sean Brazas died in Afghanistan one year ago. His parents talk about what life is like without their only son.
Navy Petty Officer Second Class Sean Brazas was killed during a combat mission just 30 days after he arrived in Afghanistan.
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Ed and Pat Brazas told WFMY News 2 that every single day is still hard.
"Every day I still can't believe it. I still can't believe he's not going to walk through the door with that big grin of his face and say hey papa dukes, what's happening?," said Ed Brazas.
Sean was a K-9 handler. He died helping his comrades scale a wall to reach a helicopter.
Pat Brazas, Sean's mom explained, "I know that Sean helped people over an 8-foot wall, and he put his dog over the wall, and I believe he and another guy were the last two over the wall. Both were shot, but his was fatal."
Sean's dog, Sicario jumped back over the wall to return to Sean's side. Pat told WFMY News 2 that it took two men to get Sicario off of him.
"Sicario didn't want anybody near Sean. He wanted to protect him."
Ed told WFMY News 2 about an e-mail he received that offered great comfort. The e-mail said:
"You don't know me but my son was one of the marines that your son rescued that day. My son is alive because of what your son did."
Last Tuesday, Greensboro City Council honored Sean. After a speech and moment of silence, Councilwoman Bellamy-Small led an impromptu rendition of the National Anthem. Everyone joined in.
Originally, Sean's parents were going to keep Sean's dog, Sicario. But before Sean died, he told his parents that no matter what happened to him, his dog was meant to be in the military.
Sean also leaves behind an older sister, wife, and 2-year-old daughter. Sean would have been 27-years-old on May 1. His family held a birthday celebration at his headstone in Arlington.
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