The Northern Westchester Examiner

Yorktown Bridge to be Named for Fallen Army Soldier

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A state bridge in Yorktown will be named for a U.S. Army specialist who was killed four years ago while serving in Afghanistan.

State Senator Terrence Murphy (R-C/Yorktown) announced last week the bridge on Route 129 will be renamed as the Specialist David R. Fahey Jr. Memorial Bridge for the former 23-year-old Yorktown resident.

Fahey was killed on February 28, 2011 by an improvised explosive device while he was deployed on combat operations with the 504th Military Police Battalion of the 42nd Military Police Brigade.

“Yorktown lost one of its finest the day David Fahey gave his life so that others could be safe and free,” Murphy said. “David understood how proud we all were of him, and he sent us home a flag from Kandahar that was displayed in the Town of Yorktown when I served as councilman. He was a hero and a true soldier.”

Born in Norwalk, Connecticut, Fahey was raised by his aunt and uncle on Baldwin Road with his siblings and cousins. A bill is also currently pending before the Connecticut State Legislature to name an overpass on Interstate 95 in Norwalk in Fahey’s honor.

He enlisted in the Army in 2007 and served in Korea. In 2010 he was assigned to Afghanistan. He was the recipient of 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 and Drivers and Mechanics Bridge.

The Town of Yorktown planted a tree with a plaque in Fahey’s honor in Patriot’s Garden behind Yorktown Town Hall a few years ago.

“The historic Hunter Brook Bridge, located on Route 129 near the border of Yorktown and Cortlandt, overlooks the Croton Reservoir, and is less than three miles from Specialist Fahey’s childhood home,” Murphy said. “There is no more fitting way to remember David’s noble service than by rededicating this bridge in his honor. We are forever in his debt.”

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