LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Sunday, The Arkansas Run for the Fallen ended on the capitol steps. Runners completed one mile for every Arkansas service member killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
It's been six months since a rocket propelled grenade struck and killed Sgt. Jason Swindle of Beebe while he and his company were on patrol in Afghanistan.
Sunday, two of the soldiers that were with him that fateful day made the trip to Arkansas to honor their fallen comrade.
On a dreary Sunday morning, runners braved the elements carrying flags in honor of Arkansas' fallen. But after 125 miles, they walked the 126th.
"Came in to meet the family and to honor Jason by walking this mile," said Specialist Gregory Hedrick, who lost his left leg in Afghanistan September 20, 2012.
It was the same battle his team leader, Sgt. Jason Swindle, lost his life.
"It means a lot to me to meet the family. It helps me out," said Hedrick.
"It's pretty awesome. Everybody came out. Got to meet like the entire, well not the entire family but a good amount. A lot of Swindles. A lot of Swindles," said Staff Sgt. Russell Dennison.
It's the first time Sgt. Swindle's twin brother John had the chance to meet his brother's comrades.
"It's been great seeing them," said John. "I'm so glad they came down here and they are walking. I'm just glad they are doing good. They made it back fine."
"He was the epitome of a soldier," said John. "He was doing what he loved to do and I'm sure he had it the way he wanted it. If he had to go out, that's the way he wanted to do it. I'm super proud of him and everyone else should be too."
Sgt. Swindle left behind his pregnant wife Chelsea and one year old son. His wife says their second child is now three months old, born 17 days early on his father's birthday.
The Arkansas Run for the Fallen started in Ozark on Saturday. Runners completed a total of 130 miles for each service member killed in action.