By Miriam Raftery
June 29, 2016 (Potrero) -- The Border Fire destroyed five homes, ravaging lives and memories. In Potrero, one of the families whose home burned had already suffered a devastating loss.
Their son, Army Sgt. Brud Cronkrite, was killed in Karbala, Iraq, when a rocket-propelled grenade was fired into a nearby building while he was on a security patrol during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004. He was born and raised in Potrero, before joining the Army and deploying first to Kuwait, then Iraq. He was 22 years old when he lost his life in service to his country.