(FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – A Winchester native was one of the people killed in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya.
Glen Doherty, 42, is a former Navy SEAL, who graduated from Winchester High School in 1988.
Glen's family and friends gave the world a glimpse into the life of an American hero in a writing to the media on Thursday that included information about Glen's childhood and quotes from friends.
Glen's brother, Greg, described his brother as someone who fell in love with the outdoors after growing up near a patch of woods in Winchester. That love would eventually lead to a job as a white water rafting guide down the Colorado River.
"A desire to push himself and to use his talents to make genuine change in the world led him to join the Navy SEALS in 1995," says Greg.
In spite of an injury, Glen would continue working to protect the U.S. following the Sept. 11 attacks.
"He embodied the selfless spirit, unwavering determination to succeed, and dedication to our country that sets the standard for what every American should strive to be," says one former SEAL.
Kate Quigley, Doherty's sister from Marblehead, said Thursday that Glen was her brother, but if you were to ask his friends, they all consider him their brother, as well. Quigley said he was the type of person that needs to be honored.
Quigley said Doherty "lived his life to the fullest." Quigley spoke outside her mother's home in Woburn, north of Boston. She asked for privacy while the family grieved "our American hero."
Family and friends, as well as Woburn's police chief and state Rep. James Dwyer, D-Woburn, stopped by the home to offer condolences. Rep. Dwyer also brought the family food.
Neighbors told FOX 25's Tyisha Fernandes that Doherty's mother loved her son very much and is heartbroken.
Doherty was among four Americans killed at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi on Tuesday along with U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. FOX News identified another victim of the attack as 41-year-old Tyrone Woods, also a former Navy SEAL. The State Department has not publicly released all names.
According to the website of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, Doherty served nine years as a Navy SEAL before going into security for the U.S. government. He worked in high threat zones like Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The Costello Funeral Home in Winchester will be taking care of the funeral arrangements. The funeral home director told FOX 25 that the service is tentatively set for Wednesday.
Statement from Military Freedom Foundation:
It is my sad duty to report to you that active MRFF Advisory Board Member Glen Doherty was one fo the 3 Libyan Embassy personnel killed in last night's attack in Libya which also claimed the life of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens. Glen was a highly decorated former Navy SEAL, fierce combat veteran and an enormous, longtime MRFF supporter. He was also a close friend to me and my family. He will be sorely missed by us all.
Statement from Winchester Schools Superintendent William H. McAlduff Jr.:
As Superintendent of the Winchester Public Schools it saddens me to acknowledge the untimely death of Mr. Glen Doherty, one of four Americans killed on Tuesday at the United States Embassy in Libya.
Mr. Doherty grew up in Winchester and was a 1988 graduate of Winchester High School. The 1988 WHS Yearbook identifies Mr. Doherty as being a member of the Varsity Tennis team and the Varsity Wrestling team.
Our Director of English, Ms. Judy Hession, was Mr. Doherty's eleventh grade English teacher. She had these remembrances of Mr. Doherty.
"Glen was bursting with life. Every day his huge smile and his happy-go-lucky optimism filled my classroom. He got along with all types of people, was a class leader and, from the perspective of thirty years of teaching, one of my most memorable students."
I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of our school system, to offer our most sincere sympathies, thoughts and prayers to Mr. Doherty's family and friends.
We are extremely proud of Mr. Doherty's service to our country. In honor and in recognition of his dedicated service as a highly decorated Navy SEAL, all school and municipal flags will be flown at half staff in his memory.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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