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James Brolan Family Statement

This is an undated picture provided by CBS News showing soundman James Brolan.
The family of CBS soundman James Brolan released the following statement after Brolan, 42, and cameraman Paul Douglas, 48, were killed and correspondent Kimberly Dozier was injured when the U.S. Army unit in which they were embedded was attacked.

The Brolan family would like to thank everybody for their support and help at this time. James was the best dad, the best husband and the best mate to be with in a tight spot out in the field.

He leaves behind two children Sam, 18, and Agatha, 12, and his wife of 20 years, Geri. James was born on April 7th 1964 in London where he has lived all his life. He met Geri in August 1984 on leave from the Royal Green Jackets (1983 to 1988) and knew instantly he'd met the woman he was going to marry.

James spent a couple of years after leaving the Army running his own painting and decorating business getting his break in TV as a sound recordist few years later. He travelled extensively round the world always fascinated by the places he visited. His unassuming nature and love of a practical joke often belied his well read, 'university of life intellect'- he always took great pleasure on the road beating his Harvard, Yale or Oxbridge educated correspondents at Scrabble and his knowledge of useless facts was unrivalled!

James had a natural way with people and was always in demand as the person to go with to the world's trouble spots; always putting the locals at ease, winning friends everywhere he went and always putting in his best effort. He will be greatly missed by his friends and family.

The family would like people to respect their privacy. A memorial service to James will be arranged in due course.

Geri, Sam and Agatha
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