Staff Sgt. Michael R. Hullender, age 29, of Winder, GA, was killed in active duty in Iraq on Saturday, April 28, 2007. He is survived by his: Father: Ren and Tammy Hullender, Winder, GA; Mother: Cindy Wilkins Malmo, Little Falls, NJ; Sisters: Lisa and David Filkins, Jasper, GA, Amy and Chuck Ford, Grayson, GA; Grandparents: Ralph and Gerry Hullender, Buford, GA, Step Brothers: Steven Peele, Winder, GA, Jason Peele, Winder, GA; Step Sister: Chelsea Peele, Winder, GA; Aunt: Ann and Tim McNeil, Buford, GA; Uncle: Chuck Wilkins, New Jersey; Fiancee: Miss Kyle Harper, Elliott, ME. Staff Sgt. Hullender was born December 20, 1977 in DeKalb County, GA. He was a 1996 graduate of Norcross High School where he played offensive line in football as a line backer and also was a member of the Civil Air Patrol. He attended West Georgia College majoring in business. Staff Sgt. Hullender, a medic, joined the Army in 1998. He prepared wounded soldiers for medical transport when he was killed. He also parachuted with other soldiers into Afghanistan soon after the September 11th attack. He was awarded a Bronze Star and also earned numerous medals and recognitions including the National Defense Service Medal, The Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and the Iraq Campaign Medal. Funeral service will be held on Sunday, May 6, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at Sugar Hill United Methodist Church, 4600 Nelson Brogdon Boulevard, Sugar Hill, GA 30518-3479 with Rev. Mark Byrd officiating. Interment will follow in Broadlawn Memorial Gardens, Buford, GA with full military honors. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to www.freedomalliance.org , an organization that awards scholarships to the children of fallen soldiers, in memory of Staff Sgt. Michael R. Hullender. Arrangements by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133, www.flaniganfuneralhome.com.