Guardsmen get sendoff at Franklin College

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As he talked to his children about his upcoming deployment to Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Anton Polazkowyj assured them he won’t be running around a town carrying weapons.

When his 5-year-old daughter Natalie blurted out “I don’t want my daddy to die” during a quiet moment in church about a month ago, that led to kisses, hugs and reassurance for his kids. Daddy does construction work, and everything is going to be OK, he explained.

The Franklin resident was one of about 150 soldiers who were honored in a ceremony Sunday at Franklin College, where nearly 1,600 friends and family members said goodbye for the next several months.

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