U.S. Army Pfc. David R. Fahey, Jr., who grew up in Yorktown, was killed in Afghanistan yesterday, the Department of Defense reported.
The 23-year-old soldier died in Kandahar Province in southern Afghanistan during a morning patrol from injuries sustained from an improvised explosive device.
Fahey grew up in Yorktown Heights and graduated from Yorktown High School before moving to Norwalk, CT. It was from Norwalk, where Fahey was born, that he enlisted in the Army.
Fahey enlisted for a four-year tour in 2007 and was due to finish his last few months of service at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, Wash. He had planned on joining the New York Police Department following his time in the military.
Fahey was in a military police unit as part of the 504th Military Police Battalion, 42nd Military Police Brigade deployed out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, Wash.
Fahey’s awards and decorations include 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, Drivers and Mechanics Badge.
“On behalf of the entire Joint Base Lewis-McChord community, we extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Pfc. Fahey,” the public affairs office at the base said in a statement.
Fahey was raised by his aunt and uncle Fran and Tom Fahey along with his biological siblings Phyllis and Nicholas and the Faheys’ four children, Brianna, Tyler, Samantha and Blake. The family is traveling to Dover Air Force Base in Deleware to collect the soldier’s remains.
Funeral arrangements are still being planned.
Flags at Town of Yorktown municipal buildings are flying at half-staff and will remain that way until sunset the day of the burial.