According to the Boston Globe,
Shaw’s cousin, Dan Plunkett of Milford, N.H., said he would be remembered as an outstanding father and husband.
“He was an all-around great guy,’’ Plunkett said. “He was a hero. That was Eric. He’s going to be greatly missed.’’
His wife and three young children were visiting family in Maine when they learned the news. Maine Gov. John Baldacci announced his death:
“All soldiers in combat pay a deep price for their service. For some, they make the ultimate sacrifice,’’ Baldacci said. “Staff Sergeant Shaw was a dedicated soldier with a young family. We will keep his wife and his children in our prayers. Our entire state mourns with them.’’