Crouch & Akshar Dedicate Bridges In Hancock To Fallen Veterans

***Media Advisory***For Thursday, April 25
April 12, 2019

***Editors Note*** Bios Attached

Assemblyman Clifford W. Crouch (R-Bainbridge) and Sen. Fred Akshar (R,C,IP) will be holding a bridge dedication ceremony on Thursday, April 25 at 1 p.m. where they will be dedicating two bridgesin memory of SSG Justin Whiting and Lt. Cameron Hall, who lost their lives in service to their country during the war in Iraq. The ceremony will be held on a bridge on State Route 97 in the town of Hancock and will be a joint ceremony held in between the two signs. Both families will be present.

“I am truly humbled to play a part in honoring these fallen heroes and their sacrifices,” said Crouch. “Both SSG Whiting and Lt. Hall have truly remarkable and inspirational stories. Their bravery and dedication to their country will never be forgotten. The dedication of these two bridges will forever memorialize their actions and will inspire our youth and communities for years to come.”

"We are a community that honors our heroes and remembers the sacrifices they’ve made for their county,” said Senator Fred Akshar. "It was an honor to play a small part in helping ensure that these signs serve as a memorial to Sergeant Whiting and Lt. Hall’s courage and as an inspiration for generations to come."

“The naming of these two bridges is a wonderful way of remembering two brave young men that made the ultimate sacrifice for our Country. The signs bearing their names will be a forever reminder of that,” said Jerry Vernold, Hancock Town Supervisor.

WHO: Assemblyman Clifford W. Crouch (R-Bainbridge)
Sen. Fred Akshar (R,C,IP)
WHAT: Press conference to dedicate bridges to SSG Justin Whiting and Lt. Cameron Hall
WHEN: Thursday, April 25 at 1p.m.
WHERE: The bridge on State Route 97, in the town of Hancock

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BIOS

SSG Justin R. Whiting was raised on a small dairy farm in Hancock. After graduating high school Justin enlisted in the U.S. Army, and shortly after graduating basic training applied and qualified for Special Forces. In 2001, Justin endured and passed the rigorous training of a Special Forces Soldier and became a Special Forces Green Beret in 2003 as a Medic. Whiting would then serve two tours in Iraq as a Special Forces Medical Sergeant. After serving his time in the army and returning home, he enlisted for his third tour of duty in Iraq. On January 19, 2008 Justin’s Humvee was struck by an IED and he was killed instantly.

Lt. Cameron N. Hall was raised in Natchitoches, Louisiana, but his parents, Evan and Margaret (Crosby) Hall, grew up in Hancock, New York along with his grandparents, the late Clifford and Catherine Crosby. Upon graduating college in 2000, Cameron decided to join the Navy Officer Candidate School where he graduated and entered the Naval Flight Officer School, earning him Wings of Gold. In March 2003, Lt. Hall reported for his first assignment to VAW-117 where he served as the Ground Safety Officer, Aircraft Division Branch Officer, NFO Training Officer and Assistant Operation Officer, and then deployed aboard the USS Nimitz in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. On August 15, 2007, Lt. Hall and his colleagues were killed in a crash shortly after taking off in their E2C Hawkeye from the USS Harry Truman.