SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - The body of a Summerville contractor killed in a terrorist attack in Afghanistan returned to Charleston on Tuesday in a hero's welcome.
Matthew Fineran was killed in a shooting, his employer confirmed. Fineran, 42, was married and was the father of six children.
A Southwest jet carrying Fineran's casket arrived at Charleston International Airport at approximately 3:40 p.m. Charleston County Aviation Authority Police gave him a police escort off the Tarmac.
Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nisbet traveled to Dover Air Base in Delaware where Fineran's body and those of two of his co-workers arrived Sunday night at approximately 8 p.m. Nisbet said it was a dignified and honorable transfer from the plane to the transport vehicle.
"I cannot put words on how moving it was and I was honored just to be a part of these three men coming home," Nisbet said.
Nisbet said Fineran will be transported to the James A. Dyal Funeral Home in Summerville for his funeral service and final disposition for an undetermined date and time.
Praetorian Standard, Inc. confirmed three of its employees in Afghanistan were killed and one was wounded in a shooting at the airport in Kabul on Thursday while supporting the efforts of the U.S. Government.
Walter D. Fisher of North Myrtle Beach and Jason D. Landphair of Fayetteville, North Carolina, also died in the attack.
A fourth employee, Bradley A. James of Atlanta, Georgia, was wounded in the attack and but the wounds, while serious, are not considered life-threatening, a spokesperson for Praetorian Standard said.
"These brave men died protecting their fellow Americans" PSI Executive Director Richard L. Davis said. "They are heroes, and we are deeply saddened by their tragic deaths."
"It's a shame that Americans are over there losing their lives with cowardly attacks like that," Mike Files, a close friend of Fineran, said. "He's over there providing for this family and doing what he could to give them a good life."
The Pentagon says the gunman who killed three American contractors in an attack Thursday at the Kabul airport was wearing an Afghan uniform.
"On the shooting, first of all, our thoughts and prayers of course go out to the families of the victims: a tragic and grim reminder that Afghanistan still remains a dangerous place in many ways," Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said.
Kirby said the shooter was also killed.
Fineran's wife said her husband was working security.
Kirby could not confirm or deny that the Taliban was behind the attack, but earlier Friday a Taliban spokesman in Afghanistan claimed responsibility.
"I don't know the specific circumstances of how the assailant was able to perpetrate the attack, what the motivations were or anything more specific about the location and the time line of it." Kirby said.
Fineran is a former Summerville Police officer, who worked for the department from Dec., 2000 until April, 2004. At the time he left Summerville Police, Fineran was a K-9 handler, they say.