Governor David A. Paterson has directed that flags on State government buildings be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, September 22, in honor of Army Specialist Timothy L. Johnson, a Randolph resident who was killed in Kandahar, Afghanistan on September 16, 2010.
Specialist Johnson died of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device at Arghandab River Valley, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado.
"On behalf of all citizens of the Empire State, I wish to extend our condolences to the family, friends and fellow soldiers of Specialist Timothy Johnson," Governor Paterson said. "We join them in grieving the death of this fine young soldier, but we will never forget his sacrifice for our nation and we will honor his memory and his service."
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 combat zone.