Tribute for a fallen Madera County soldier

MADERA COUNTY, Calif.

Sergeant Raul Moncada died in Iraq when an explosive device went off near his vehicle in 2009. Madera County dedicated a section of Road 37 between Avenues 12 and 13 in his honor.

The Madera Ranchos community came together Thursday to honor Sergeant Raul Moncada by dedicating a section of Road 37 in his name. But for one little girl, it was a chance to honor her fallen father.

Priscilla Moncada was just seven years old when her dad died in the line of duty. He was a decorated Marine and soldier serving his second tour in Iraq, when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle in 2009.

Julio Moncada says the support following his brother's death has been incredible. And this sign is the latest display of just how much the community cares. It's the first time the county has ever dedicated one of its roads.

The county chose this location for a very important reason. The Moncada's home is on Road 37 just a few blocks away from the sign dedicated in their son's honor.

Julio says he and his relatives are still healing from their loss, but moments like this help them to celebrate Sergeant Moncada's life.

Those who know and love this patriotic family are proud to stand alongside them. And they're all thankful for this fitting tribute to a fallen soldier who will never be forgotten.

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