Loved ones give final salute to fallen soldier from Yorktown
Family, friends, fellow troops and strangers paid tribute to the legacy of a young decorated soldier from Yorktown Heights today after he was killed while serving his country in Afghanistan.
Army Specialist David Fahey, Jr, 23, was laid to rest at Rose Hill Cemetery in Putnam Valley with full military honors following services at St. Patrick's Church. Loved ones remembered him as a good person who loved jokes, snowboarding and the Yankees.
Military officials said Fahey was killed just three months before his tour of duty was set to end. He had been driving a Humvee in the Kandahar province in Afghanistan on a routine morning patrol when he drove over a sewer that was apparently laced with explosives.
Fahey was given the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and the Combat Action Badge in the wake of his death. He was also posthumously promoted to the rank of specialist, a distinction that military officials said is not bestowed on every fallen soldier.
Wake held for slain soldier from Yorktown