Enlisted with the Navy before joining National Guard
The Associated Press
Alex French had a thing for the spinach-gobbling Popeye as a child and followed his own dream of being a sailor, joining the Navy.
French was honorably discharged in 2000 and continued his career in public service, becoming a sheriff’s deputy. But he wanted to keep serving his country and later joined the National Guard.
“It was in him to do that,” said his sister Latoya French. “When you’d see him, you’d think he belonged in uniform.”
French, 31, of Milledgeville, Ga., died Sept. 30 in Khost, Afghanistan, when enemy forces bombed his unit. He was assigned to Lawrenceville, Ga.
Another sister, Laquitta French Basley, said she often talked to her brother online while he was deployed. He always asked to make sure things were OK back in Georgia, rarely talking about himself.
French was always close to his family, Basley said, and always protective of his sisters.
“He was a rock,” she said.
Bibb County Sheriff Jerry Modena said French was an intelligent sergeant in the booking division who worked hard to rise through the ranks.
“He had a good career ahead of him,” Modena said. “To have it terminated so early, it’s a waste.”