PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A local soldier got a moving sendoff Sunday before heading to Afghanistan.

Fire trucks, ambulances and even medical helicopters lined Routes 119 and 22 in Westmoreland County.

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Family and friends were also in attendance with farewell wishes for Sgt. Samantha Malik.

She was visibly overcome with emotion during the sendoff.

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“This is the most overwhelming thing I could ever imagine and I appreciate it more than anything,” Malik said. “I love you all.”

Malik says she will be flying helicopter missions during her deployment.

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