Resolution J4858-2013

Mourning the untimely death of Sergeant Shawn Farrell II of Accord, New York, and paying tribute to his courageous actions as a member of the United States Army

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  • May 6, 2014: ADOPTED
  • May 5, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  mourning  the  untimely death of Sergeant Shawn
Farrell II of Accord, New York, and paying  tribute  to  his  courageous
actions as a member of the United States Army

WHEREAS,  The  courage  and  bravery of our military personnel since the
United States Armed Forces commenced action  in  the  Middle  East  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, It is with feelings of deepest regret that  this  Legislative
Body  mourns  the  untimely death of Sergeant Shawn Farrell II, and pays
tribute to his courageous actions as a member of the United States Army;
and
  WHEREAS, Sergeant Shawn Farrell II, of Accord, New York, died on April
28, 2014, at the age of 24,  while  honorably  serving  his  country  in
Nejrab District, Kapisa Province, Afghanistan; and
  WHEREAS,  Sergeant  Shawn  Farrell was born in Kingston, New York, and
was a 2008 graduate of Rondout Valley High School;  inspired  by  family
members  who  served  before  him  and the event of 9/11, this patriotic
young man joined a United States Army Reserve  Unit  in  Bullville,  New
York,  during  his senior year in high school and, immediately following
graduation, went to active duty,  training  at  Fort  Benning,  Georgia,
before being assigned to Fort Riley in Kansas; and
  WHEREAS,  Sergeant  Shawn Farrell was a 10th Mountain Division Soldier
with 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team;  he
arrived  at Fort Drum in May 2010 and deployed to Afghanistan in support
of Operation Enduring Freedom from March 2011 to March 2012; he left for
his second tour of duty in Afghanistan in November 2013; and
  WHEREAS, Sergeant Shawn Farrell served with  distinction;  his  awards
and  decorations  include the Army Commendation Medal, two Army Achieve-
ment Medals, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National  Defense  Service
Medal,  two  Afghanistan  Campaign  Medals, the Noncommissioned Officers
Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon,  the  Overseas
Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert
Infantryman  Badge,  and the Air Assault Badge; in addition, this coura-
geous soldier was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart medal; and
  WHEREAS, Beloved by his community,  Sergeant  Shawn  Farrell  will  be
remembered  for  his dedication to his family, his love of the outdoors,
and his generosity of spirit;  he  is  survived  by  his  wife,  Allison
Hilbrandt Farrell; parents, Shawn Farrell and Tracy Kelleher, and Heath-
er and David Stokes; three brothers, Brandon and Jake Farrell, and David
Stokes  II; sisters, Jenna and Aidan Farrell, and two nieces, Sophie and
Aubrey Farrell; as well as his mother and  father-in-law,  Mechelle  and
Brian Hilbrandt; and his sister-in-law Hannah Hilbrandt, and many aunts,
uncles, cousins, and friends; and
  WHEREAS,  Residents  of this great State must never forget the courage
with which our men and women served this  country,  and  must  recognize
that  no  greater debt is owed than that owed to those who give of their
lives for their beloved Nation; 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 Sergeant Shawn Farrell II,  of  Accord,  New

York,  and  to  pay tribute to his courageous actions 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 Sergeant Shawn Farrell II.

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