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Northwest Iowa soldier remembered for his service, sacrifice

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ESTHERVILLE, Iowa (KTIV) -

A northwest Iowa soldier is remembered for his service, and sacrifice.

27-year-old staff sergeant Steven Blass, of Estherville, Iowa, was one of five soldiers killed in a helicopter crash two weeks ago. Blass is survived by his wife Tricia and their 16-month old son, Hayden.

Family, friends and community members remembered Blass for his commitment to teamwork and passion for his country. "However we feel his life was, lets look at his choices. He found a calling not just a profession or career, but a calling. A calling, that he loved deeply. And for which he was perfectly suited. He was very good at it and widely respected," Brigadier General Peter DeLuca said.

More than 2,000 flags lined Main Street, in Estherville, as a memorial. One resident says the display is a sign of community support. "I think that's one thing about living in a small community... it touched everybody no matter if you did know him or not. A death is a death and it's just hard to deal with sometimes," Rhonda Hansen, Estherville, IA.

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