MONROEVILLE, PA — A Navy SEAL who was killed on a rescue mission to free a doctor abducted by the Taliban in Afghanistan was from Pennsylvania. The Pentagon identifies the SEAL who died in the rescue mission as Petty Officer First Class Nicholas Checque, of Monroeville, just outside of Pittsburgh. The 28-year-old died of combat-related injuries. He was one of the members of SEAL Team Six, who freed Dr. Dillip Joseph over the weekend.
The American doctor was abducted by the Taliban last week and rescued early Sunday after intelligence showed he was in imminent danger of possible injury or death. Dr. Joseph is an advisor to the Colorado Springs-based Morning Star Development.
Checque was the second Norwin High School graduate to die from enemy fire in the mid-East. He graduated from Norwin in 2002. In October, alum Christopher Raible was killed during a Taliban attack in Afghanistan.