1. says

    enjoy a well-earned rest, vanguard.

    he didn’t just serve his country, he opened the doors for others, and put himself on the line, the FRONT LINE, to do so.

    challenges in life, well met.

  2. Mark says

    He was killed in a car crash in upstate New York. He will be remembered as a brave soldier on the front lines of war and LGBTQ equality.

  3. MickyFlip says

    My deepest heartfelt condolences to his friends and family. A hero taken away too soon. This makes me extremely sad…

  4. Ron says

    Such heartbreaking news. Thanks for all you did in your all too short time on this earth. You lived and died a hero. Rest In Peace, Sergeant Manzella.

  5. Rafael says

    Very saddened over this news. I salute Darren’s courage and thank him for all he did in his remarkable life. May God be with you.

  6. anon says

    Shocking news. Even stopping on the side of the road can be very dangerous because drivers behind you aren’t necessarily paying attention.

  7. Jay says

    “After the jump” link is broken. And the video underneath the article is about Prince William & Kate.

  8. Drew says

    Never get out of your car when it stalled in the freeway, never. Call 911, wait for police, they will call a tow truck for you. I saw someone being ran over when he exited his car to check on the driver of the car he crashed into.

    This is so sad.

  9. JerzeeMike says

    That’s very sound advice, Drew. I know my jaw hit the floor when I read about the accident on Darren’s Facebook page. My condolences to his family & his husband, Javier.

  10. Kevin says

    As others have stated,never,EVER get out of your car if it stalls on the freeway.
    It is far more dangerous then trying to stay in your vehicle.

  11. Pookie says

    Good advice, Kevin, I hope it saves some lives.

    I feel like my day is just shot now. I’m going for a walk.

    Sincerest condolences to his family and friends.

  12. Kevin says

    That’s true as well PDX.
    One thing does stand for me,your safety is more important then your car.

  13. Matteo says

    I can’t understand life at times when a man fights overseas in a “dangerous place” twice and survives and comes home to a peaceful “domestic” life and dies in a tragic accident near his home.
    Sometimes things like this simply make no sense.
    May the family find peace. Very sad.

  14. Sean Westmann says

    Such a tragic loss of a loving, heroic man. My sincerest condolences to his partner, his family, his friends. RIP, Darren.

  15. kayla says

    Love you Darren…I will always cherish the moments we shared in Texas…You are such a Beautiful man with the kindest heart…I hope you family, friends and Husband find peace during this difficult time…LOVE YOU…xoxo Kayla

  16. Jeff in NC says

    Very sad news!

    One can only wonder how another driver could possibly miss seeing an accident directly in front of them and a man pushing one of the cars involved. Most likely talking on or looking at their phone.

  17. jamal49 says

    This is about as sad as it can get. What a tragic loss!! Thank you, Darren for your service to our nation and to the LGBTQ Community. Condolences to Darren’s husband, their families and friends.

    @Drew: the best advice ever. Thank you.

  18. Kieran says

    On behalf of America, Thank You Sgt Manzella for your service fighting for dignity and equality for gay and lesbian Americans.

  19. I wont grow up says

    Rest in Peace brave soldier.
    A terrible loss for his partner, the wonderful parents who raised a true hero and all of us who benefitted from his bravery on the field of battle and through his work against DADT.

  20. Cal says

    Don’t let LGBTQ try to hitch a ride on your bravery. They will grasp at anything. You were stronger than they will ever know.

  21. woody says

    Darren’s funeral will be at St. Dominic/St. Patrick in Brocton, NY.
    To my knowledge this is the first time a funeral mass will be held for a gay catholic married to another man.
    I was researching this because it would have been the end of the catholic church for me if the bishop of buffalo refused to allow the funeral. But it’s happening.
    A first, I think.

  22. Moony says

    I am absolutely devastated. This man was my personal hero. I remember watching his interview over and over, and I remember how everything about him gave me the strength to continue to work hard to get out of my little Texas town and realize my dreams in the medical field. I don’t even know what to say

  23. andrew says

    My Irish born grandmother says: The good die young. In this case she sure is right. RIP brave warrior!

  24. Bobby says

    Such a sad ending to a huge, brave, and amazing life. We have lost one of our community’s brightest lights.

  25. GreatLakeSailor says

    One blessing, no wife and children left behind, just condolences from single men. RIP

    Posted by: Tim | Aug 30, 2013 3:46:30 PM

    He was married!!!

  26. GreatLakeSailor says

    This is so very sad.
    It’s hard to know what takes more courage – a medic in a war zone or standing against prevailing injustices.

    I’d be happy to be half the man he was.