Resolution J4840-2013

Honoring Sergeant Shawn M. Farrell II posthumously upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of a Liberty Medal, the highest honor bestowed upon an individual by the New York State Senate

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  • May 5, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Sergeant Shawn M. Farrell II posthumous-
ly upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of a Liberty Medal,
the  highest  honor  bestowed  upon  an individual by the New York State
Senate

WHEREAS, Members of the Armed Services from the State of New  York,  who
have served so faithfully and courageously when our Nation's freedom was
at  stake,  as  well  as  in the preservation of peace during peacetime,
deserve a special salute from this Legislative Body; and
  WHEREAS, The dedication  and  sacrifices  of  our  military  personnel
ensure  our  continued  role  as  a  Nation which embodies the ideals of
democracy, and is a defender  of  liberty  for  peoples  throughout  the
world; and
  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Sergeant Shawn
M.    Farrell  II  posthumously  upon the occasion of his designation as
recipient of a Liberty Medal, the highest honor bestowed upon  an  indi-
vidual by the New York State Senate; and
  WHEREAS,  The New York State Senate Liberty Medal was established by a
resolution in 2014 and  is  awarded  to  individuals  who  have  merited
special  commendation  for  exceptional, heroic, or humanitarian acts on
behalf of their fellow New Yorkers; and
  WHEREAS, Sergeant Shawn M. Farrell II died on Monday, April 28,  2014,
at the age of 24, while serving his country in Afghanistan; and
  WHEREAS, A 2008 graduate of Rondout Valley High School, Sergeant Shawn
M.  Farrell II was the son of Heather Stokes and Shawn Farrell; and
  WHEREAS,  Sergeant  Shawn M. Farrell II began serving his country as a
member of the United States Army National Guard in his  senior  year  of
high  school at a reserve unit in Bullville, New York; after graduation,
he went into active duty in Fort Riley, Kansas; and
  WHEREAS, Sergeant Shawn M. Farrell II was assigned to the 1st  Battal-
ion,  32nd Infantry Regiment of the 10th Mountain Division's 3rd Brigade
Combat Team, based in Fort Drum, New York; and
  WHEREAS, A man who was privileged to serve his country, Sergeant Shawn
M. Farrell II first deployed to Afghanistan in 2010; three years  later,
he left for his second tour of duty there; and
  WHEREAS,  Sergeant  Shawn  M. Farrell II was called upon to contribute
his time and talents to countless civic  and  charitable  endeavors  and
always  gave  of himself unstintingly; before entering the United States
Army, he donated his hair to Locks of Love,  a  charitable  agency  that
helps  individuals  with  cancer  and other diseases that result in hair
loss; and
  WHEREAS, In addition to his parents, Sergeant Shawn M. Farrell  II  is
survived by his wife, Allison, his stepfather, David, three brothers and
two  sisters,  as  well as many other relatives, all of whom feel privi-
leged to have been a part of his life and rejoice in  his  achievements;
and
  WHEREAS,  Today,  the  bravery  and  willingness  of Sergeant Shawn M.
Farrell II to fight for the lives of his fellow human beings,  continues
to  inspire,  and  is deserving of the highest honor by all defenders of
freedom; 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
honor Sergeant Shawn M. Farrell II posthumously upon the occasion of his
designation as recipient of a Liberty Medal, the highest honor  bestowed
upon an individual by the New York State Senate; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Sergeant Shawn M. Farrell II.

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