Posted at: 06/10/2013 4:28 PM
| Updated at: 06/10/2013 5:19 PM
By: John McLoughlin
Joseph Morabito, whose 55th birthday was today was killed on Saturday by an Afghan soldier he was training.
He was killed along with two other Americans, including Lt. Colonel Todd Clark, an Albany native.
Joseph Morabito was a retired police officer from the Department of Defense who was so moved by 9-11, his wife said that he repeatedly volunteered to go to Iraq and then Afghanistan as a private contractor training the Afghanis to defend themselves.
Andrea Morabito says her husband, Joseph, had been well aware that one of the very Afghan soldiers he was training might wind up killing him.
His widow says he was just inches away from Lt. Colonel Todd Clark of Albany, who was his boss for the past few years.
Andrea Morabito has spoken by phone with Colonel Clark's widow, who lives near Fort Drum.
Andrea and Joe Morabito met long ago on a blind date in New York City, where both were born.
They moved to Greene County 19 years ago, where they raised two daughters and a son.
On 9-11, Andrea says everything changed for her husband, a retired policeman who felt the need to do something.
On Facebook, there are photos of Joe making huge Italian dinners for the troops in Afghanistan.
Joe did two tours in Iraq and two in Afghanistan, all of them voluntary.