LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Arkansans are remembering Sergeant Jamar Hicks, 22, of Little Rock, who died on August 11.
"I didn't believe it. I heard it this morning. I always have the television on and they said Jamar Hicks had gotten killed in Afghanistan," Sherrie Mays recalled.
Jamar Hicks was enrolled in Sherrie Mays' class during the 2008 school year. It was a Jobs for Arkansas Graduates
class where they discussed opportunities for their future. The military was something she remembered that Hicks thought about.
"He had talked about it and a lot of young men in my program, that's what they talk abou," said Mays.
Hicks eventually joined the US Army to serve his country. On August 11, Hicks turned 22--the same day his life was taken when enemy forces attacked his unit with indirect fire.
THV asked Mays what she remembers most about Hicks. She said it was his smile; it was infectious, and it rubbed off on almost everyone he came in contact with.
"We were able to develop that relationship and remember things about him in really a short amount of time of him being here," added Coach Brad Bolding. "And, I think that showed his ability to interact with people, to be a team player." Brad Bolding is the North Little Rock High School Football Coach. Hicks transferred to his team during the 2009 season. "He was a part of our program, then he goes to become a part of a program that's way bigger than us."
Although Hicks was only 22 years old, he left a huge impression on many, who said they are honored to have known a hero.
"I'm real proud I was able to coach him and honored that he was a part of this team," concluded Bolding. "He loved the military, and he gave his heart and soul to it, and I'm just proud to have known him."
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