Posthumous Honor for Chaut. Co. Soldier

Honoring memory of Solider with WNY Ties

RIPLEY, NY-Friends and family of Army Sgt. Phillip Freligh gathered at a Chautauqua County church Saturday to honor his memory and his service.

The 25-year-old, who spent part of his childhood in Ripley, was killed in Kuwait in 2001 in a so-called friendly fire training accident.

State Senator Cathy Young organized the ceremony at The First Presbyterian Church in Ripley to present Freligh's family with an Army Commendation medal and other medals. 

"The turnout, the support from the townspeople, my friends," said Freligh's father Larry. "There was even one lady here that used to be his babysitter back when he was a young child. And she even showed up today and we talked about fond memories of that. And so it was just wonderful to see the turnout."

As a result of the bomb range training accident that claimed Sgt. Freligh's life, along with two other soldiers, certain training procedures were changed.


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