Resolution J2814-2011

Mourning the untimely death of Specialist Matthew M. Fedish, a proud cavalry scout with the United States Army and devoted member of his community



  • Jan 10, 2012: ADOPTED
  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • Dec 6, 2011: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION mourning the untimely death of Specialist Matthew
M. Fedish, a proud cavalry scout with the United States Army and devoted
member of his community

WHEREAS,  It  is  with  feelings of deepest regret that this Legislative
Body mourns the untimely  death  of  Specialist  Matthew  M.  Fedish  of
Chenango  Bridge,  New  York, who died on Friday, August 5, 2011, at the
age of 21; and
  WHEREAS, Born on March 30, 1990, Matthew M. Fedish was a  graduate  of
Chenango Valley High School, Class of 2008, where he was a member of the
football, wrestling, and lacrosse teams; and
  WHEREAS, He was also a communicant of St. Paul's Church in Binghamton,
New York, and the American Legion Post 1194, Hillcrest, New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Matthew M. Fedish enlisted in the United States Army on July
8, 2008; he trained at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and was  stationed  at  Fort
Drum,  New York, with the 10th Mountain Division 1st Combat Brigade 1-71
Cavalry Bravo Troop; and
  WHEREAS, This brave soldier fought for the freedom  of  all  Americans
bravely and honorably during the height of combat in the Kandahar region
of Afghanistan from March 2010 to March 2011; and
  WHEREAS,  The  banner of freedom will always wave over our beloved New
York and all of America, the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave;
  WHEREAS, Matthew  M.  Fedish  truly  loved  his  family  and  friends;
although  his  life on earth was short, it was a life lived to its full-
est; he loved hunting with the guys from the barn, fishing, boating, and
motocross racing; he also loved to dance and sing, but most  of  all  he
loved to make people laugh and smile; and
  WHEREAS,  He  was  a  young man with a heart of gold who always placed
others before himself, feared nothing, and never, ever gave up; and
  WHEREAS, Matthew M. Fedish is survived by  his  parents,  Michael  and
Lauren  Fedish;  his  sister  and  brother-in-law,  Amanda and Ted Ford;
maternal grandparents, Bud and Fran  Alexander;  paternal  grandparents,
George  and  June Fedish; his aunts and uncles, Joe and Terry Alexander,
Mary Ellen and Chris Bednar, Andy and Tyann Alexander,  Chip  and  Cindy
Fedish,  and  Kim  and  Tim  Ross;  11 cousins, Rachel, Scott, Jennifer,
Isabell, Emily, Lara, Kristin, Cameron, Jordan, Branden, and Ryan;  many
dear  friends  including  the  Beagells; Greg and Darcy, his best friend
Dustin, Kyle, Jocelyn, and Tanner, a special friend, Megan Sullivan; and
also his "second families" the Balls, Guenthers, Howards, and  Norrises;
as well as his beloved dog, Sandy; and
  WHEREAS,  Armed  with  a  humanistic spirit and imbued with a sense of
compassion, Matthew M. Fedish leaves behind a  legacy  which  will  long
endure the passage of time and will remain as a comforting memory in the
hearts of all those who had the honor of knowing him; now, therefore, be
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
mourn the untimely death of Specialist Matthew M. Fedish, a proud caval-
ry scout with the United States Army and devoted member of his  communi-
ty; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Matthew M. Fedish.


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