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Catalina, UA grad killed in Afghanistan

Army National Guard Sgt. First Class James E. Thode was killed Thursday in Sabari District in Afghanistan's Khost Province during a roadside bombing, the Department of Defense said Saturday.

Thode, 45, was a graduate of Catalina High School and the University of Arizona. Born in Show Low, he moved to Tucson when he was six years old.

Thode was assigned to the 1457th Engineer Battalion, 204th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Thode lived in Kirtland, N.M., since graduating from the UA. He is survived by his wife Carlotta, 18-year-old daughter Ashley and 8-year-old son Tommy.

Thode had served as an officer in the Farmington, N.M., police department for 14 years.

Thode was on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan. was also deployed to Iraq in 2003.

Thode is the 50th member of the military with Southern Arizona ties to die in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

To read more about the other Tucsonans killed in action, read Our Fallen.

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Courtesy Farmington Police Dep't

Thode in Afghanistan.