The People: Liam Nevins

Former student Liam Nevins died serving his country.

By Brett McPherson

Publish Date: January 30, 2014

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Liam Nevins was taking part in a training exercise at Forward Operating Base Shank in Gardez, Afghanistan, on Sept. 21, 2013, when a gunman wearing an Afghan National Security Forces uniform opened fire, killing him and two other soldiers.

Nevins, 32, was about one month from coming back home.

Nevins received the Purple Heart three weeks before he was killed for injuries sustained on the battlefield. He could have returned to Colorado then, but insisted on remaining to fight with his team.

He was a respected member of the 5th Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group with the Colorado National Guard.

In Denver, Nevins had worked security for the Denver Broncos on the sidelines, in the locker room and on the team bus. He was honored at Denver’s 2013 home opener when the stadium crowd stood in respect while the opposing Philadelphia Eagles applauded Nevins and his family from the sidelines.

Nevins graduated from Bristol Borough High School in suburban Philadelphia in 2000. He began active duty with Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment and was a rifle team leader while serving in Operation Enduring Freedom in 2003.

He moved to Colorado in 2006 and worked towards a bachelor’s degree in business finance at MSU Denver between August 2006 and May 2009, following multiple deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Friends say Nevins loved Colorado and likely would have lived here with his fiancée, Julie.

“He always pushed his efforts to the max in whatever area he found an interest, both physically and intellectually,” Nevins’ father, Bill Nevins, told The Denver Post.