St. George mom reflects on son's ultimate sacrifice

ST. GEORGE, SC (WCSC) - By Sheldon Dutes  bio | email | Twitter

ST. GEORGE, SC (WCSC) - Sallie Void still remembers the day she got the phone call that changed her life forever.

"It was just hard the whole day. Trying to imagine him not coming home. I just wondered about what happened and how long he might have suffered," Void said.

Her son, Specialist Demetrius Void, was stationed in Afghanistan when he died last September. He was just 20 years old.

"I was told it was a hit and run by an armored vehicle and that they're investigating," Void said.

Demitrius knew at an early age that he wanted to dedicate his life to serving our country. According to his mother, he enlisted in the army right after his high school graduation and served until his death.

In the emotionally challenging months since he died, his mother has held on to some of their favorite memories.

"He was a funny, energetic guy," she said. "He always had somebody laughing no matter where we went."

Void says she and her son were very close and were more like friends than anything else.

In addition to the fond memories, Void said her family and faith have helped through the sad days.

"Just keep praying. Keep praying. He doesn't want me to be sad under any circumstances. When I get to that point, I'll just pray and ask for strength," Void said.

Although she misses her son terribly, Void says she's at peace knowing her son died doing what he loved.

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