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(Zac in red jersey.)

Airman 1st Class Zachary R. Cuddeback, who graduated from William Monroe High School in Stanardsville, Va., was at the wheel of a bus at the Frankfurt airport when a man burst into the vehicle with a pistol. A second airman, identified as Nicholas J. Alden, was also killed in the Wednesday attack.

Cuddeback was "an Army brat" who had lived in many places, his parents said in a statement. After graduating from high school in Stanardsville, where the family lives, he spent a year at Old Dominion University in Norfolk before joining the Air Force in 2009.

His "love of the Air Force," cars and hockey "were paramount in his life," his parents said in the statement. They called him a "hockey player extraordinaire" who had spent a lot of time at the Charlottesville Ice Park.

Rich Appleby, coach of the club ice hockey team at Old Dominion, recalled Sunday that Cuddeback, a forward who played right and left wing, loved the game and "attended every practice and attended every game."

He was "always in a good mood" and "could take a big hit and get up and keep on playing," Appleby said. He "was out there just to have a lot of fun.''

The other players "really liked him," Appleby said.

A neighbor in Stanardsville, Diane Goerlitz-Blaisdell, said that after her husband died, Cuddeback would drop by to help.

"He was a wonderful young man," she said. Among other kindnesses, he climbed onto her roof and cleaned the gutters, she said.

Whenever a difficulty arose, she said, such as the time her fence collapsed, she could go to his house, knock on the door and be assured of help.

"He was an incredible young man," she said. "I miss him. I really do."

In their statement, the family said his "mother, De Loyet, father, Bob Cuddeback, and brother and best friend, Tim Cuddeback, will miss him sorely."


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