EDEN, N.Y.(WIVB) – A somber farewell to one of their own.
Saturday morning, Eden’s community gathered to honor 25-year-old Capt. John Levulis.
“This is where it should happen, where we can all say thanks,” said one Eden local.
Levulis died in early May after suffering head trauma in a convey crash on the New Jersey Turnpike.
He was completing his service at Fort Drum; before that, Levulis served 10 months in Afghanistan.
Lt. Col. Brian Becknow was his Battalion Commander; he traveled from Virginia to pay his respects.
“John was just a consummate professional. He really lived up to the superhero, like Captain America,” he said.
Fitting, as his platoon overseas was the called “The Avengers.”
“For those who were here today from the local community, from his family obviously and for those who had the honor to serve with John, the opportunity to be here today was just without question,” Becknow told News 4.
Levulis leaves behind a brother, parents, grandmothers, and a wife of just two years.
“We who served with John, we were part of his family too,” Becknow said.
A 2008 Eden High graduate, Levulis was a big brother, a friend, and a mentor to many.
He went on to study at Niagra University, where he did ROTC.
Those who knew him told News 4 he left an impact wherever he went, which was clear by the number of people who came to say goodbye.
“It’s just an honor to be here so we can give him a proper send off,” Becknow told News 4.
The Levulis family is asking for donations to Hope For The Warriors Foundation in lieu of flowers. Click here to donate: http://www.hopeforthewarriors.org/