Governor David A. Paterson has directed that flags on State government buildings be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, April 28, in honor of Farmingville native Army Sergeant Jason Santora who died on Friday, April 23, in Afghanistan.
Sergeant Santora died of wounds he sustained while supporting combat operations in Logar Province. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion of the 75th Ranger Regiment, based at Fort Benning, Georgia.
"All New Yorkers join together in mourning the death of this outstanding soldier," Governor Paterson said. "As an Army Ranger, Sergeant Jason Santora lived up to all the ideals of the Ranger Creed. We will honor his selfless service to our nation while extending our condolences to his family, his friends, and his fellow Rangers."
Governor Paterson has directed the flags on all State buildings to be lowered to half-staff in honor and tribute to our State's service members who are killed in action or die in a war zone.