A 24-year old soldier from Plymouth died Thursday in an explosion in Afghanistan. Specialist Steven Gutowski was a Combat Engineer stationed out of Fort Leonard Wood Missouri.
Plymouth Board of Selectmen Chairman Bill Hallisey calls it a tragedy.
“We were notified yesterday of this tragic young incident about this young man,” said Hallisey. “Obviously this one of a few now in Plymouth that has happened, so every time it hurts that much more.”
On his Facebook page, Gutowski said previously that he had survived two other explosions near his vehicle while in Afghanistan.
“Some of the information I have gotten back is that he seemed like a very nice young man,” said Hallisey. “He was a brother of two sisters, had a mother, and seemed very well loved and seemed to be a very close knit family, and obviously our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and relatives.”
Gutowski was last home the weekend of August 25th, for his sister’s wedding.
On Friday, Gutowski’s uncle, Bob, described his nephew as a “guy who loved life and always stood up for what’s right.” He says his nephew played football in high school.
Senate President Therese Murray released the following statement:
“I am saddened to hear that Army Specialist Steven E. Gutowski from Plymouth was killed earlier this week in Afghanistan. My thoughts and prayers are with Steven’s family, and all the mothers, fathers and spouses in the Commonwealth who have had to bear the grief of losing a loved one. “
Gutowski was expected to be leaving Afghanistan in just four more months – with plans to go through the police academy.
The Pentagon has not officially announced the death.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report)