Farmingville, NY – On June 28, Supervisor Ed Romaine (left) and Councilwoman Jane Bonner (front row, sixth from left) were on-hand for the unveiling and dedication of the PFC Joseph Dwyer Memorial at Veterans Park in Rocky Point. PFC Dwyer was an Army Medic who served in Iraq and subsequently passed away after a long battle with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The VFW Post 6249 received $65,000 in Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) funding from former NYS Senator Ken LaValle (front row, fifth from left). The statue recreates the iconic photograph of PFC Dwyer as he rescues an Iraqi boy who was injured during heavy battle between US troops and Iraqi forces in 2003. The statue was created by Alan E. Fricke Memorials, Inc.
Supervisor Romaine said, “PFC Dwyer was a dedicated soldier whose compassion for those in need is clearly depicted in this memorial. Honoring those who served our country is the right thing to do and I was proud to be a part of this very special occasion.”
Councilwoman Bonner said, “It is very gratifying to honor PFC Dwyer and recognize the sacrifices he made in the name of freedom. His struggle with PTSD has helped to bring this debilitating condition out of the shadows and into the light. I thank former State Senator LaValle for his efforts to bring this memorial to Veterans Park and everyone who came out to join us for the dedication.
Rocky Point VFW Post 6249 Commander, Joe Cognitore said, “It is a goal of the VFW Post 6249 Rocky Point and myself to preserve and respect our history. The statue of Joseph Dwyer depicts the values of our men and women in the military. Joseph Dwyer is truly a local hero. His statue and more importantly what he stood for will stand in Rocky Point for others to see and better understand his achievements for years to come. Thank you Senator LaValle, Councilwoman Bonner and the Town of Brookhaven for a job well done. Without you this would not be possible.”