2 WNY roadways renamed to honor fallen servicemen

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WESTFIELD, N.Y. (WIVB) — Two western New York roadways have been renamed to honor fallen servicemen.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the renaming of the roads, which are in Chautauqua and Allegany counties, on Friday.

The bridge crossing Route 20 between Oak St. and S. Portage St. in Westfield has been renamed the “Sergeant Kevin W. White Memorial Bridge.” In 2011, Sgt. White was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan while serving in the U.S. Army.

“Sgt. Kevin White was a brave and courageous young man,” Sen. Catherine Young said. “His dedication to our nation and to the values we hold dear are commendable, and we are all indebted to him for his sacrifice. This roadway will serve as a testament to the valor of Sgt. White, and remind all who travel down it the real cost of freedom.”

In Allegany County, another bridge is being renamed for a serviceman killed in the Vietnam War.

Route 275 in Richburg is being renamed after a county native killed in action in Vietnam in 1969. It will be called “Private First Class Duane C. Scott Memorial Highway.”

Assemblyman Joseph Giglio said, “Even after all these years, the loss of such a fine human being still affects the family and the community in which Private First Class Duane C. Scott lived. Today we join together to remember his sacrifice and celebrate his service to our country. I am humbled to help bring recognition and comfort to those who knew PFC Scott through the passage of this important legislation.”

“These brave New Yorkers made the ultimate sacrifice while fighting for the freedoms and values this state and nation were founded upon,” Cuomo said. “With these measures, we honor the heroism of Sergeant White and Private First Class Scott, and preserve their memory for generations to come.”

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