MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) A North Myrtle Beach man is among those killed in a terrorist attack in Afghanistan on Thursday.
Friends who knew him say he was working as a contractor. The contractors including Walt Fisher worked for Praethorian Standard, Inc. a firm specializing in global security and operational support, based out of Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Friends confirm Fisher was working as security when three workers were killed and one was injured. They also say he loved protecting our country.
Matt Skaria, a close friend said when he met Fisher there was an automatic connection. "It blew my mind, when I got the call last night, I was like, "Nah, not Walt, couldn't be Walt."
Fisher's gym friends, said he made workouts at Mega Fitness Gym in North Myrtle Beach, more enjoyable and they feel it won't be the same without him.
Kyle Buffkin has known Fisher for more than 15 years. "He was this bigger than life guy, you know he had such a great physical presence to him, but yet he had this great smile to him," said Buffkin. "He just warmed your heart."
Buffkin said the gym was Fisher's place to escape and it was where he and his gym buddies, shared stories, memories, and laughs.
Remembering Fisher's stories Skaria said, "Walt had great stories and he would just make you laugh and he had one of the funniest laughs."
Fisher was one of three American contractors killed in an attack at the North Kabul International Airport Complex, in a section for military. U.S. and Afghan officials say the shooting happened Thursday. A Pentagon spokesman said the gunman was in Afghan uniform during the attack and was subsequently killed.
Buffkin said this deployment to Afghanistan was different for Fisher as he was looking retire making this his last mission. Buffkin also said Fisher left for Afghanistan earlier than scheduled to help a colleague.
"He was able to stay home for Christmas, and he was supposed to stay for New Year's as well, but there was someone who had missed Christmas and Walt went back a little bit early so that individual could get home to be with their family, and I think that speaks to the kind of person Walt was," explained Buffkin.
Buffkin and Skaria said they still find it hard to believe a man they saw as indestructible is gone. "I have the biggest respect in the world for him," said Skaria.
"He was one of the best people you could ever know, they just do not make them any better than they made Walt," said Buffkin.
Buffkin said Fisher adored his wife Dre, and he was looking forward to coming home to help with her landscaping business.
Fisher was a former police officer with Fayetteville, North Carolina prior to moving to North Myrtle Beach.