Resolution J291-2013

Mourning the untimely death of Specialist Austin J. Sampson of Bliss, New York, and paying tribute to his distinguished service

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  • Jan 29, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jan 29, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jan 25, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION mourning the untimely death of Specialist Austin
J. Sampson of Bliss, New York, and paying tribute to  his  distinguished
service as a member of the United States Army

WHEREAS,  The  courage  and  bravery of our military personnel since the
United States Armed Forces commenced  Operation  Enduring  Freedom  will
ensure  our  continued  role  as  a  Nation which embodies the ideals of
democracy, and as a defender of liberty for people throughout the world;
and
  WHEREAS, Members of the Armed Services from the State of New York, who
have served so valiantly and honorably during Operation  Enduring  Free-
dom, deserve a special salute from this Legislative Body; and
  WHEREAS,  It  is with feelings of deepest regret that this Legislative
Body mourns the untimely death of Specialist Austin J. Sampson of Bliss,
New York, and pays tribute to his distinguished service as a  member  of
the United States Army; and
  WHEREAS, Born on September 12, 1987, in Fort Worth, Texas, 25 year-old
Specialist  Austin J. Sampson died on January 4, 2013, in Temple, Texas;
and
  WHEREAS, A graduate of Letchworth Central School in  2006,  Specialist
Austin  J.  Sampson  was  on  the  school's football, swimming and track
teams; and
  WHEREAS, Austin J. Sampson enlisted in the United States Army in 2006,
and completed both his basic training  and  advanced  training  at  Fort
Knox,  Kentucky;  he had been stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, since 2010;
he served in Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2007-2009, and  Operation  New
Dawn from 2010-2011; and
  WHEREAS,  The  recipient of the Army Commendation Medal, two Army Good
Conduct Medals and the National Defense Service Medal, Specialist Austin
J. Sampson was also awarded the Iraqi Campaign Medal with three campaign
stars, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, and the Army Service and Over-
seas Service ribbons; and
  WHEREAS, Specialist Austin J. Sampson was a member of  the  Letchworth
New Life Fellowship in Silver Springs, New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Specialist  Austin  J.  Sampson  is survived by his parents,
Wesley and Pamela Sampson; his siblings,  SSG  Stephen  Sampson,  Sheryl
Sampson, David (Bianca) Sampson, J. Marshall Carter, Krystal Carter, CPL
Robert  (Faira)  Sampson,  Zachary  Foreman,  Joseph Carter, and Bennett
Carter; his two grandmothers, Pauline Sampson and Carolyn  Shelnut;  and
13  nieces and nephews, Meghan, Rachel, Nicholas, Jada, Damian, Addrian-
na, Andrew, Jonathan, Isabella, Jalissya, Audrey, Derek and Cameron;  as
well as many aunts, uncles and cousins; 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;
and
  WHEREAS, Residents of this great State must never forget  the  courage
with  which these men and women served their country, and must recognize
that no greater debt is owed than that owed  to  those  who  gave  their
lives  for  their beloved Nation and to those who continue to be missing
in action; and
  WHEREAS, The freedoms and security we cherish as Americans come  at  a
very  high price for those serving in the military in times of conflict;
it is fitting and proper that we who are the beneficiaries of those  who
risk  their  lives,  leaving their families behind, express our appreci-
ation and eternal gratitude for their sacrifices  and  courageous  acts;
now, therefore, be it

  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
mourn the untimely death of Specialist Austin J. Sampson of  Bliss,  New
York,  and  pay  tribute to his distinguished service as a member of the
United States Army; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Specialist Austin J. Sampson.

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