Ramos to Honor Fallen Heroes from 6th Assembly District
6 local soldiers, killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, to be memorialized

What: Ceremony to honor 6 local soldiers who served in Afghanistan & Iraq.


Friday, March 21, 2008 at 2:00 pm


1010 Suffolk Ave.
Brentwood, NY 11717

On Friday, March 21, 2008 at 2:00 pm New York State Assemblyman Philip Ramos will conduct a special ceremony memorializing the men and women who have lost their lives fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Since the start of the two wars, the communities of Brentwood, Bay Shore, and Central Islip have been hit especially hard with the deaths of six soldiers. To recognize their service and sacrifice to our country Assemblyman Ramos - who represents all three towns in the State Assembly - will unveil a monument featuring the names of these fallen heroes. The monument will be placed outside his District Office on 1010 Suffolk Ave. in Brentwood during the ceremony and remain there for the public to see.

In addition, Ramos will present the family of the Late PFC. Jose Ruiz with the New York State Conspicuous Service Cross. PFC. Ruiz was killed by small-arms fire while conducting security operations in Mosul, Iraq.

Families and friends of the fallen heroes, community leaders, and the public at large are invited to attend the ceremony. Following is a list of members of the armed forces from the 6th Assembly District who fought in either the Afghanistan or Iraq war and are no longer with us.

  • SGT. Michael J. Esposito Jr., United States Army

  • CPL. Ramon Mateo, United States Marines

  • PFC. Jose Ruiz, United States Army

  • PFC. Jacob Fletcher, United States Army

  • PFC. Raheen Heighter, United States Army

  • Sr. Airman Paul Hawkes Jr., United States Air Force