FORT LEWIS, Wash. – Dellona Selge, wife of Staff Sergeant Todd Selge, releases the following statement for news media use.
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“Todd was an awesome Soldier, a loving husband, a great father, and an unforgettable friend. Staff Sgt. Todd W. Selge was tragically killed while returning from a mission in the Diyala Province (Iraq), early Wednesday morning, September 3, 2009.
“Staff Sgt. Selge never backed down from a challenge or a good debate. He had a positive outlook on everything; even in times of sorrow, he saw good.
“This was his second tour to Iraq. Staff Sgt. Selge was awarded the Purple Heart during his first tour and refused to stay stateside. ‘I need to be with my brothers’ he told me. I understood and supported him in his decision. Todd has two beautiful boys, Dallas, 6, and Austin, 2. Our boys loved their father and saw him as a true hero. They want to grow up to be just like him.
“Todd devoted himself to the military. Always trying his hardest to the best at what he did. Many of his fellow Soldiers looked up to him and valued his opinions.
“Staff Sgt. Selge wrote an essay on his perspective of a Soldier’s day to day life in Iraq. He stated, ‘What does the average Soldier think on a daily basis? He wants to accomplish the mission. He wants to see the smiles of the Iraqi people endure. He is grateful for everything he has back at home and wishes the very same freedom he is fighting for, upon the country of Iraq’
“Staff Sgt. Todd Selge was a true hero and has made the ultimate sacrifice for his country. We ask at this time to please respect our privacy so we can properly mourn as a family. I also ask to continue to pray for our fellow brothers who are still fighting overseas. We will forever love and miss him dearly.”
– Dellona Selge