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   WASHINGTON — An Elida man who died serving with the Army in Iraq has been honored by Sen. Mike DeWine, R-Ohio.    DeWine gave a speech on the Senate floor Sept. 9 about Capt. Dennis Pintor, who was killed in October 2004 in a roadside bombing in Iraq.    DeWine honors all fallen Ohio soldiers with a floor speech and has an official copy of his remarks sent to family members, said DeWine spokesman Jeff Sadosky. DeWine also tries to speak with families of service members killed while serving, Sadosky said.    Pintor, 31, was a 1992 Elida High School graduate. Days before his death, he wrote a letter to The Lima News asking people to send school supplies to children in Baghdad. Allen County residents responded, sending more than 100 boxes of supplies to Iraq.    Pintor graduated from West Point and completed Army Ranger School. He served as a peacekeeper in Kosovo, part of S e r b i a - M o n - tenegro, formerly Yugoslavia, and was deployed to Iraq in March 2004.    “Capt. Dennis Pintor was a selfless man,” DeWine said. “Thanks to his efforts, hundreds of Iraqi children have a chance for a better life. Thanks to his efforts, the Iraqi people have a chance for freedom.”

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