SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The Massachusetts Marine killed by a gunman in Tennessee earlier this month was remembered Monday by the Roman Catholic Bishop of Springfield as "exemplary" and "a leader and a man of true courage."
Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, 40, a Springfield native, was one of five service members killed by a gunman in Chattanooga on July 16. The gunman was killed by police.
"His deep love for his family, his selfless dedication to being a Marine and his solid faith in God helped Tommy through the many challenges that he faced in training for service, in his deployments to Iraq, in being a leader for his fellow Marines and facing the danger on July 16, when he and his brothers in service heroically thought of others above themselves," Bishop Mitchell Rozanski said at the private funeral Mass.