Wed., October 7, 2009 3:03pm (EDT)

Fallen Soldier Returns Home to Milledgeville
By Josephine Bennett
Updated: 5 years ago

MACON, Ga.  —  
Members of the military carry Sgt. Alex French's casket to the waiting hearse at the Macon Airport. (photo by Josephine Bennett)
Members of the military carry Sgt. Alex French's casket to the waiting hearse at the Macon Airport. (photo by Josephine Bennett)
A soldier from the 48th brigade has come home after losing his life in Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. alex French was flown home to Middle Georgia from Dover Air Force base in Delaware. His family, friends, co-workers, and members of the military met the plane in Macon.

They traveled in a large convoy to his home in Milledgeville.

French was killed last week after his convoy was attacked by enemy forces using an improvised explosive device.

Sgt. Stanley Walker is with the 48th and knew French.

"He was a jokester. He liked to have fun. He loved his kids, loved his family. He was an outstanding soldier and a good person."

Before his deployment French worked as an officer with the Bibb County Sheriff's Office in Macon.

He was deployed to Afghanistan earlier this year. His funeral will take place this Saturday in Milledgeville.

Staff Sgt. Alex french leaves behind a wife and three small children.