Waterloo School Honors Late Veteran Steffeney

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A new memorial stone outside a Waterloo high school football stadium honors the life and service of an Army veteran who died in 2005.

Family and friends of Staff Sergeant Eric Steffeney gathered Saturday to dedicate the stone outside West High’s Memorial Stadium. Steffeney graduated from West in 1994 and joined the Army.

Steffeney became a bomb disposal technician and was killed near the end of his second tour in Iraq. He was 28 and left behind a wife and three children.

Iowa Army National Guard Major Garrett Gingrich says he hopes the young people coming out of the stadium notice the memorial to Steffeney, who is a true hero.