Family, friends say goodbye to airman killed in Afghanistan

Anthony Campbell Jr. (Source Campbell Family)
Anthony Campbell Jr. (Source Campbell Family)
Campbell Family(Source Campbell Family)
Campbell Family(Source Campbell Family)

FOX19 staff report

FLORENCE, OH (FOX19) - Family and friends said goodbye to TSgt. Anthony "Tony" Campbell on Tuesday.

Campbell, 35, of Florence, was a Cincinnati Police Officer who was killed last week in Afghanistan.

On Tuesday, family and friends packed Florence Baptist Church for his visitation on funeral. Burial is later Tuesday at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown.

"On behalf of the Campbell family, I would like to express my deepest gratitude and appreciation for the outpouring of love and support we have received over the last week," said Emily Campbell, Anthony's wife. "The love that has been shown for my husband, Anthony, myself, and our grieving family has gone beyond my imagination."

Campbell's body arrived at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton on Monday and was taken to a funeral home in Erlanger, Ky. via a police escort.

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has ordered that the flags at state office buildings be lowered to half staff on Tuesday in honor of TSgt. Campbell.

Campbell Jr. was killed in Afghanistan on Dec. 15 when an improvised explosive detonated, according to the Department of Defense.

Campbell graduated from the Cincinnati Police Academy in December of 2008 and was an officer for District One. He was deployed in August of 2009.

Emily Campbell also thanked the Florence community and surrounding areas for their support.

"To my husband's other families, the United States Air Force and Cincinnati Police Department: Thank you for taking care of my husband and bringing him home," said Emily Campbell. "It was Anthony's lifelong dream to be a police officer, and Cincinnati helped make that happen. Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) and the United States Air Force became a passion for Tony, far above what he ever imagined; he wouldn't have changed a thing."

Memorials can be made to:

  • The Anthony Campbell Jr. memorial Fund : Local Union 392 , Federal Credit Union
  • The Anthony Campbell Benefit Fund: 8480 US 42 Florence, KY 41042 or any Chase Bank
  • The Anthony Campbell Family Fund: Cincinnati Police Federal Credit Union 959 W 8th Street Cincinnati, Oh 45209

Online condolences can be made to Linnemann Family Funeral Home.