Bridge in Perry dedicated to fallen soldier
DWIGHT VIRES Staff Reporter
CHAVIES Nearly 250 people turned out in the Chavies Community this past weekend for a bridge dedication in honor of a Perry County native who lost his life while serving his country in Afghanistan.
Specialist Estell Turner, a 1983 graduate of Buckhorn High School and a six year Veteran of the United States Army, was killed from wounds inflicted from a roadside bomb in July of 2008. Spc. Turner had rejoined the military after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
After Spc. Turners death, Michael Turner, a local resident of Chavies and current U.S. Army reservist, organized with the help of other residents and elected officials to have a small bridge in the community named after Spc. Turner who was raised in the area.
It was a great opportunity for us to honor Estell for his sacrifice he gave to us, said Turner. He died for our freedom and for the Afghanistan people, too, so he could better everyone's life.
I glad to finally see him being remembered with this bridge naming. Now everyone who drives by will see his name there and remember why we are free in this country, Turner continued.
Turner also noted several people who helped him with the dedication along the way.
On behalf of Specialist Estell Turner's family I want to thank the following people who helped make this dedication a reality: Senator Brandon Smith, Judge Noble & the fiscal court, Lena Cross, Don Howard, Lori Sullivan (Traffic Operations Program Coordinator, Frankfort), H.B. Elkins (District 10 Office out of Jackson), Rachel Turner, Karen Cooper, Ron Howard, Sarah Howard, Sheldon Terry, Tim Reynolds, Graphic Impressions, Pastor Pete Youmans and the Helping Hands ministry from Davidson Baptist Church. Color Guard from 100th Div., Louisville, Ky., SSG Zehnder,Kasey, SFC Jones, Anthony, Ssg Ullrich, Michael, SGT Henson, Nicole, SGT Belcher, Jonathan, Anita Beatty, and Col. Jeff McGrady.
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