MILWAUKEE -- An airman from Wisconsin killed in a plane crash while deployed in Afghanistan is now home. The body of Quinn Johnson-Harris was delivered to his family Thursday morning, October 22nd.
Johnson-Harris' family knew they'd welcome him home one day, but they prayed it wouldn't be like this.
On a tarmac at the 128th Air Refueling Wing, Johnson-Harris' friends and family members waved the American flag while fighting back tears.
Johnson-Harris' body was returned to Wisconsin ahead of his funeral, which is set for this weekend.
"To finally get him back to Milwaukee, you know, it's going to be hard -- but we're ready to have him back home," said Fatia Johnson, Quinn's sister.
Johnson-Harris was just one month into his first deployment when he was killed after the C-130 he was in crashed shortly after takeoff in Afghanistan.
"He loved what he did, so when I look back and I think of -- he was so happy and he enjoyed his job and just how happy he was in the Air Force -- there's nothing like that," said Fatia Johnson.
On Thursday, the silence at the 128th Air Refueling Wing was broken up by Johnson-Harris' mother's cries. It was a welcome home no mother should have to experience.
"Anytime one of our hometown heroes is deployed, especially when we have to lay them to rest as we did today, it's always a reminder that we are at war and it's a sacrifice for our nation," said Sherri Hrovatin, 128th Air Refueling Wing executive officer.
Funeral arrangements for Quinn Johnson-Harris are set for Saturday:
A visitation will be held for Johnson-Harris on Saturday, October 24th from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. at Christian Faith Fellowship (8633 W. Good Hope Rd.) in Milwaukee. The funeral will be held immediately following the visitation.
Johnson-Harris will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery.