Funeral held for Stamford Navy SEAL

Hundreds turned out to remember and honor a Stamford native and Navy SEAL who was one of 30 servicemen killed in a helicopter attack in Afghanistan earlier this month.

A funeral was held this afternoon at St. Cecilia's Church for Chief Petty Officer Brian Bill.

His flag draped casket pulled into the church at 11:15, with a funeral procession made up of local police officers and members of the patriot guard.

Chief Petty Officer Bill was raised in Stamford, attended Trinity Catholic High School, where he played hockey and soccer, before he joined the Navy and became part of the elite SEAL Team.

His family says he was an accomplished mountaineer, skier, pilot and triathlete and wanted to return to graduate school and become an astronaut.

Stamford police had said they were prepared for a group that protests military funerals to show up, but it did not show.

Meanwhile, Bill will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Memorial tomorrow for Stamford SEALFallen Navy SEAL remembered in native StamfordStamford native killed in Afghanistan

sorry to interrupt
your first 5 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 5 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."