YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- A bridge in Yorktown will be named in honor of Army Spec. David R. Fahey Jr., a former resident who died in 2011 in Afghanistan, state Sen. Terrence Murphy said Tuesday.
Fahey was only 23 years old when he was killed by an improvised explosive device that went off under his Humvee in Kandahar province.
"Yorktown lost one of its finest the day David Fahey gave his life so that others could be safe and free," Murphy said. "David understood how proud we all were of him, and he sent us home a flag from Kandahar that was displayed in the Town of Yorktown when I served as councilman.”
Fahey was “a hero and a true soldier," Murphy added.
Murphy sponsored the bill, passed by the state Senate Tuesday, that re-names the historic Hunters Brook Bridge on Route 129 as the Specialist David R. Fahey Jr. Memorial Bridge.
The measure has already passed the state Assembly and is now heading to the governor’s desk, said Murphy, (R-40th District).
The bridge, near the border of Yorktown and Cortlandt, overlooks the Croton Reservoir. It is less than three miles from Fahey’s childhood home on Baldwin Road.
Born in Norwalk, Conn., Fahey was raised by his aunt and uncle in Yorktown and attended Cavalry Bible Church. He moved back to Norwalk as an adult.
A bill is pending before the Connecticut state Legislature to christen an overpass on I-95 over Richards Avenue in Norwalk in Fahey's honor as well, Murphy said.
Fahey enlisted in the Army in 2007, serving in Korea before he was deployed on combat operations to Afghanistan.
He had been assigned to the 170th Military Police Company, 504th Military Police Battalion, 42nd Military Police Brigade, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
Fahey was the recipient of the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, and Drivers and Mechanics Badge.
According to family members interviewed after his death, Fahey had had a job lined up with the New York City Police Department.
Known for his faith, charm, athletic abilities and love of classic cars, Fahey had the ability to “put a smile on anyone’s face,” Murphy said.
"There is no more fitting way to remember David's noble service than by rededicating this bridge in his honor,” Murphy said. “We are forever in his debt and are forever grateful to his amazing family for the wonderful soldier they raised who made the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of freedom."
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