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K02206 Text:

Assembly Resolution No. 2206
BY: M. of A. McDonald
        MOURNING  the  death  of  Casey  Frankoski,  Chief
        Warrant Officer 2 in  the  New  York  Army  National
  WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to pay tribute to
citizens  of  the  State  of  New York whose lifework and civic endeavor
served to enhance the quality of life  in  their  communities  and  this
great Empire State; and
  WHEREAS,  Casey  Frankoski  of Rensselaer, New York, died on Friday,
March 8, 2024, at the age of 28; and
  WHEREAS, Casey Frankoski distinguished herself in her profession and
by her sincere dedication and substantial contribution to the welfare of
her community; and
  WHEREAS, While on a federal mission with the National  Guard,  Casey
Frankoski's  helicopter  crashed near the southern border of Texas where
she and other soldiers  were  assigned  to  a  regiment  that  has  been
operating  as  part  of  Joint  Task  Force North, a military unit which
supports  U.S.  Customs  and  Border  Protection   operations   on   the
southwestern border of the United States; and
  WHEREAS,  A  graduate of Columbia High School and Schenectady County
Community College where she received a degree in social  science,  Casey
Frankoski  was  in pursuit of receiving a bachelor's degree in emergency
management at Excelsior College; she later Enlisted in the New York Army
National Guard; and
  WHEREAS, Casey Frankoski has served in the New  York  Army  National
Guard since 2016, and was appointed as Chief Warrant Officer in 2019 and
trained  to become a UH-60 Black Hawk and UH-72 Lakota helicopter pilot;
she was promoted to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 2 in 2021; and
  WHEREAS, Casey Frankoski also deployed to Kuwait, from  November  of
2018  to September of 2019, with Detachment 5, Company C, 2nd Battalion,
245th Aviation Regiment as a Mission Planner; and
  WHEREAS, She was later  deployed  as  a  pilot  to  Texas  with  the
Detachment  2, Company A, 1st Battalion, 224 Aviation Regiment to patrol
the United States-Mexico border on October 11, 2023; and
  WHEREAS, Her military awards include the  Army  Commendation  Medal,
the  Army  Achievement  Medal,  the  National Defense Service Medal, the
Global War on Terrorism Service  Medal,  the  Global  War  on  Terrorism
Expeditionary  Medal,  the Army Service Ribbon, the Armed Forces Service
Medal, the Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the
Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the  Basic  Aviator  Badge,  and  the  Basic
Aviation Badge; and
  WHEREAS,  At  home,  Casey  Frankoski  was  previously  a  volunteer
firefighter at  the  Best  Luther  Fire  Department,  a  member  of  the
Environmental  Conservation  Corp.,  and  was  a  current  member of the
American Legion Gerald O'Neil Post 1683; and
  WHEREAS,  In  her  spare time, Casey Frankoski enjoyed spending time
visiting her family's camp,  jet  skiing,  fishing,  and  traveling  the
world,  with  her journeys taking her to such beautiful places as Spain,
Brazil, Poland, and most recently, Alaska on a  cherished  family  trip;
she  additionally  was  a  fan  of attending concerts and was a lover of
country music; and
  WHEREAS, Casey Frankoski is survived by her parents, James and Jill;
grandfather, Raymond; brothers, Jesse and Tyler; sisters-in-law, Lindsey
and Autumn; nieces and nephews, Stella, Peyton, Xylas,  Charlotte,  Mia,
and  Finnley;  her  soulmate, Anthony; aunts and uncles, Lisa, Theodore,
Fred, Anthony, Joanne, and Roseann; she is also  survived  by  her  many
cousins,  loved  ones,  and  friends  whom she loved as though they were
family, as well as her three cats, Lulu, Millie, and Juju; and
  WHEREAS, Casey Frankoski is predeceased by  grandparents  Mary  Kay,
Theodore, and Rose; and
  WHEREAS,  Known  for  her  fun,  determined,  empathetic, and loving
nature,  Casey  Frankoski's  commitment  to  excellence  and  spirit  of
humanity carried over into all fields of enterprise; and
  WHEREAS,  Armed  with a humanistic spirit and imbued with a sense of
compassion, Casey Frankoski leaves  behind  a  legacy  which  will  long
endure the passage of time and will remain as a comforting memory to all
she served and befriended; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
mourn the death of Casey Frankoski, Chief Warrant Officer 2 in  the  New
York Army National Guard; and be it further
  RESOLVED,  That  a  copy  of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to the family of Casey Frankoski.
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