Saratoga, Wy – Mourners gathered in Saratoga on Monday to
honor Staff Sgt. Tyler E. Pickett, a former Saratoga resident who was killed in action in Iraq earlier this month.
The 28-year-old was remembered as a dedicated soldier who made a
big impression on the southern Wyoming town during his years there,
the Rawlins Daily Times reported in a story for its Tuesday
Pickett was assigned to the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division
at Fort Drum, N.Y. He was buried at a formal military service in
New York earlier this month.
Nancy Vargas, Pickett's English teacher at Saratoga High School,
said she felt a mixture of sadness and pride about her former
She said Pickett brought joy to others, leaving "his footprints
all over this valley and all over our hearts."