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One of Americans killed in Libya attack lived in Henderson

Updated Friday, Sept. 14, 2012 | 8:45 a.m.

A Henderson man was one of two American security personnel who were killed in the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Wednesday.

Since 2010, Tyrone Woods, 41, had protected American diplomatic personnel in posts from Central America to the Middle East, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said in a release. The man who friends nicknamed, “Rone,” had served a decorated two-decade career as a Navy SEAL.

But he was also a registered nurse, certified paramedic and a father of three boys, Clinton said. Neighbors said Woods and his family had only recently moved into a Henderson cul-de-sac near Horizon Ridge Parkway and Eastern Avenue.

He died protecting his colleagues, Clinton said.

“My heart goes out to the family of Tyrone Woods,” Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., said in a release. “Tyrone died defending the country he bravely served for over two decades in uniform after completing multiple tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. It is the selfless service of patriots like Tyrone that safeguards the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.”

U.S. Sen. Harry Reid said he was "deeply saddened to learn that Tyrone Woods lost his life during the attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Libya. Tyrone served his country with distinction and bravery. A former Navy SEAL, he protected our diplomatic corps as our nation worked to advance democracy and justice across the globe. My thoughts are with his family and friends, and all Americans that fell victim to this senseless act of violence. His sacrifices will not be forgotten."

Woods is survived by his wife, Dorothy, and three sons, Tyrone Jr., Hunter and infant Kai.

Glen Doherty also died working as a security specialist in Libya, Clinton said. The two others killed were Ambassador Chris Stevens and Foreign Service officer Sean Smith.

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  1. My deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy goes out to the Woods family, and their friends, for the tragic loss of Tyrone.

    My prayers are with each of you.