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Dozens of Red Cross Members Show their Support for Fallen Soldier Ricardo Seija

On the corner of Bayshore Boulevard and Bay to Bay Boulevard, more than fifty people watched today as the escort for Army Staff Sgt. Ricardo Seija made its way through Tampa.  He is one of two fallen Bay area heroes, both killed by the same roadside bomb in Afghanistan on July 8th. 

The supporters included about a dozen Red Cross members.  Tampa Bay chapter CEO Linda Carbone says the organization offers an emergency calls service for military serving overseas.  She says the calls keep servicemen informed of any medical emergency back home.

"We do that about 70,000 times a year all across the country, between six to 10 times a day here in Tampa Bay," says Carbone. "It's our honor to be able to serve those who are keeping us free as much as we can, so that is just a really important message.  We have actually paid a condolence call to the family of the soldier that is coming."

The escort for the second slain serviceman, Specialist Clarence William, will take place Wednesday.