A Farmington family is mourning the loss of their father and husband after the police sergeant was killed in Afghanistan by an IED.
Farmington Police Sergeant James Thode had with the police department for 14 years and was currently serving his second tour of duty with the Army National Guard.
A fellow soldier sent KOB Eyewitness News 4 a letter saying Thode was sweeping the fields along the road for IED wires when three bombs ignited. Two other soldiers were injured.
Thode leaves behind a wife and two children.