Spencerport, N.Y. – The wife of Captain Bruce Kevin Clark witnessed her husband’s death in Afghanistan via Skype, according to a family statement.
Clark, an army nurse, died Tuesday, but the U.S. Army has yet to issue any information on the circumstances surrounding his death.
Clark picked up his nursing degree at The College at Brockport in 2006. While he was studying there, Clark and his wife, Susan, lived in Spencerport, where he was a volunteer firefighter.
They had two young girls, ages three and nine.
In a statement released Thursday, the family said, “Bruce’s wife tragically witnessed her husband’s death during one of their regular Skype video-chats … At the time of the incident, the family was hoping for a rescue and miracle, but later learned that it was not to be. Although the circumstances were unimaginable, Bruce’s wife and extended family will be forever thankful that he and his wife were together in his last moments.”
The statement went on to say the family is awaiting the results of a military investigation.
Wednesday, Clark’s sister-in-law, Mariana Barry, said Clark joined the military in 2006 because he loved his country and loved to serve.
“He was absolutely willing to make any sacrifice and it’s just horrible that this is the sacrifice he ended up making,” Barry said.
His family says Clark had been awarded the Army Commendation Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Medal National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Army Service Medal.
Clark’s family is still making funeral arrangements, but they say the service will be in Spencerport.