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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Bill to honor fallen Dundee soldier advances

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  • WASHINGTON | It’s taken a while, but a bill to rename the Tyrone Post Office for a local soldier killed in Afghanistan has passed in the House of Representatives and is on its way to the president for his signature.
    The legislation would rename the U.S. Post Office on County Road 23 in Tyrone for U.S. Army Spc. Christopher Scott, the Dundee native who was killed in a gun battle Sept. 3, 2011, while on patrol in Kandahar province.
    The Senate passed the bill in August 2013, but the House didn’t take it up before the August recess, after which they struggled to deal with major spending bills before the end of the year.
    “A young member of such a close knit community, Specialist Scott gave the ultimate sacrifice for us and for our country at just 21 years old,” Reed said in a press release. “Specialist Scott was the true definition of patriotism and I am honored to be a part of recognizing him in the House of Representatives and at home where we can preserve Specialist Scott’s legacy as one of this country’s brave heroes.”
     “He answered the highest call and made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, serving with bravery, honor and integrity,” Gillibrand said of Scott. “Designating the Tyrone Post Office in his name will honor his legacy in the community he loved for all to remember.”
    Scott, 21, was a 2009 graduate of Dundee Central School. He was a military police officer who served with the 561st Military Police Company, the 716th Military Police Battalion and the 101st Sustainment Brigade.
    During his service he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, and the Overseas Service Ribbon. After he was killed in a gun battle in Kandahar, he was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct Medal, NATO Medal and the Combat Action Badge.
    A number of post offices in the area and around the country have been renamed in honor of local soldiers in the last couple of years.
    Similar legislation to rename the Corning post office on Baker Street for U.S. Army Spc. Ryan Jayne is currently working its way through Congress.
    Jayne, 22, a Corning-Painted Post East High School graduate, was killed in an IED explosion Nov. 3, 2012 in Afghanistan during his second tour of duty.
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