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Friends and service members arrive to Springfield for GySgt. Sullivan

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

Friends, family, and fellow service members from across the country are arriving to Springfield where they have come to pay respects to GySgt. Thomas Sullivan.

"I can only explain this as a very powerful experience" says Sergeant Matt Schrecengost, who flew in from Chicago to support his marine brother."

Sgt. Schrecengost told Western Mass News that he had served with sully in Iraq 2004-2005 tour when he got his 2 purple hearts.

"I was a sergeant with him.  We were 4 SGT in the whole company. I was pretty close to him. I was always in his room and I'm here to show my support" Sgt. Schrencengost continues.

Schrecengost joins his fellow marines at Nathan Bills Restaurant and Bar where they have all come from across the country to support Gunnery Sgt Sullivan and his family.

Green shirts were created in GySgt. Sullivan's memory. They were purchased Sunday afternoon from Springfield Police volunteers and friends from the East Forest Park Community.  Money that is raised from the t-shirts will go to Sullivan's family or a charity of their choosing. 

"Keep in mind that it's going to be a tragic event for the Sullivan family for years to come. The event should be remembered for its significance in that it keeps [our] hearts for a long time and not just for this weekend." says Dave Robillard, a volunteer. 

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