‘Indirect fire’ blamed for Maine soldier’s death

Posted May 10, 2010, at 5:22 a.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — The Department of Defense says the soldier from Waterville who died Thursday in Jaghatu, Afghanistan, was killed by indirect fire from a rocket or mortar fired by insurgents.

The Morning Sentinel of Waterville reported Sunday that 21-year-old Army Spc. Wade Slack worked in combat, performing duties depicted in this year’s Academy Award-winning film for best picture, “The Hurt Locker.” But officials said Slack did not lose his life in an accidental detonation while working to disarm a bomb.

Slack was assigned to the 707th Ordnance Company, 3rd Ordnance Battalion, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

Slack’s parents live in Waterville and he graduated from Waterville High School in 2007.