As a young boy, Kristoffer Solesbee loved helping people. The 32-year-old Airforce Tech Sergeant grew up in Citrus Heights with his father and older sister. He could often be found next door at his grandparents’ home or across the street helping his elderly neighbor, Mr. Bud.
“He used to come over and follow me around, as he grew into a teenager he would help me with yard work, he was such a pleasant boy to be around,” Bud says.
Following in his father and grandfather’s footsteps, Solesbee joined the Air Force after graduating from Freedom Christian School in 1996.
As a bomb disposal technician, he spent months in the Middle East helping protect combat troops from explosive devices.
Solesbee was one of two airmen killed by an improvised bomb planted by enemy forces in the Shorak district of Kandahar Province, Afghanistan on May 26th.
“His father called and told me. I was just shocked, it hurts,” says Cleo Reit, the airman’s grandmother. Solesbee was assigned to the 775th Civil Engineer Squadron at Hill Air Force Base in Utah and this was his second tour of duty in Afghanistan.
He had been there since January. His grandmother says he was set to come home in August and was looking forward to reuniting with his wife.
“He was a sweet loving perso, it’s a big loss to anyone who knew him. We are sad,” says neighbor Ron Frie.