The Pentagon has identified a U.S. Navy SEAL who was killed in Afghanistan as a 10-year veteran from the Pittsburgh-area.
"Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque, 28, of Monroeville, Pa., died of combat related injuries suffered Dec. 8, while supporting operations near Kabul, Afghanistan," the Pentagon said in a release. "Checque was assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit."
Petty Officer Checque had been awarded the Bronze Star, among many other commendations, the release said.
He was killed by a single gunshot wound to the head, according to Lt. Cmdr. David McKinney of Naval Special Warfare Command Public Affairs in San Diego.
A man who answered the phone at a family member's house in Washington County declined comment.
"The family has asked that everybody respect their privacy at this time of grief and they do not wish to be contacted," said the man, who would not identify himself.
Petty Officer Checque was a 2002 graduate of Norwin High School, where he was on the wrestling team.
The Pentagon did not immediately confirm that Petty Officer Checque was involved in an operation launched to rescue Dr. Dilip Joseph, who was reported to be in imminent danger.
Dr. Joseph, who worked with the non-profit Morning Star Development of Colorado Springs, was kidnapped Wednesday along with two Afghan staff members -- one is part of the medical team, the other part of the support team. Dr. Joseph has been the non-profit's medical adviser for three years.
Dr. Joseph was rescued by SEAL Team Six, the same unit that killed Osama bin Laden last year, reported The Associated Press. It was not immediately clear if Checque was present for the raid on bin Laden.