Former Oregon City High School graduate and Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods was honored for his service Friday, days after being killed in the attack on a U.S. Consulate in Libya.
Woods was one of two ex-Navy SEALS who was working as a private security guard for U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, who was also killed on Tuesday.
A total of four Americans died that day. Their remains were returned to the United States today, during a somber ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base.
Meanwhile, before Friday night's football game at Oregon City, a moment of silence was held for Woods who graduated from the school in 1989.
"I know he died trying to save somebody or protect somebody," said Ed Burton, a former coach of Woods.
Woods was an all American wrestler in high school, described as determined and driven. Former classmates told Fox 12 he always aspired to be a Navy SEAL.
"He was the kind of kid we want our young people to be," Burton said. "Great competitor, respectful kid."
Woods retired after serving 20 years as a SEAL, according to family. He was also a registered nurse and certified paramedic.
"He didn't have to do this mission, and he elected to do it," said his mother, Cheryl Bennett. "I never thought this would happen to my child, my special Navy SEAL."
However, Bennett told Fox 12 she takes comfort in knowing her son lived his dream.
"He died doing what he wanted, protecting people," she said. "He was a hero."
While Woods still has family in Oregon, he had moved to San Diego, CA and more recently Nevada. He leaves behind a wife and three sons, two of them teenagers, as well as a baby just a few months old.
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