Resolution Honoring Sergeant Shawn Farrell II

Senate Resolution No. 4858

BY: Senator Seward 

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 Achievement 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 courageous 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 Heather  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 appreciation 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 transmitted to the family of Sergeant Shawn Farrell II.