Governor David A. Paterson has directed that flags on New York State government buildings be flown at half-staff on Thursday, November 12, in honor of an Albany-area soldier who died in Iraq on November 4.
Staff Sergeant Amy C. Tirador, a member of the 209th Military Intelligence Co., 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment of the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team of the 2nd Infantry Division, died of injuries sustained in a non-combat related incident in Kirkush. The unit is based at Fort Lewis, Washington.
“On behalf of all New Yorkers, I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to the family, friends and fellow soldiers of Staff Sgt. Tirador,” Governor Paterson said. “We join them in mourning the passing of this fine young soldier. While we regret her death, we honor her patriotism and her dedication to the mission and to her country.”
Governor Paterson has directed the flags on all State buildings to be lowered to half-staff in tribute to the State’s service members who are killed in action or die in a combat zone.