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Chambersburg Soldier Posthumously Honored in State House
Rep. Kauffman presents resolution to honor Private First Class Aaron Genevie, Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient tragically killed in Iraq
The State House of Representatives today honored Private First Class Aaron Genevie formerly of Chambersburg, who was killed while serving his country in Iraq in 2007, announced Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Cumberland, Franklin), who authored a House resolution.
“Aaron was an exceptional young man who served his country with bravery and distinction,” said Kauffman. “I feel privileged to have the opportunity to publicly recognize a local hero – an American patriot who paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect this great country.”
Genevie, a 2003 graduate of McConnellsburg High School, was an honor roll student and all-around athlete whose lifelong dream was to serve in the military. He took great pride in following in the footsteps of his two grandfathers, who also served in the United States Army.
Genevie was assigned to Troop B, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, based in Fort Riley, Kansas.
He was tragically killed on April 16, 2007, when his Humvee hit an improvised explosive device while serving in Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In recognition of his bravery and dedication to duty, Genevie was awarded both the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. He was also promoted to the rank of specialist posthumously.
Kauffman noted that he was personally thankful that there are still young men and women like Aaron who willingly serve their country and will lay down their life for their friends, family, neighbors and fellow countrymen.
During the presentation of the resolution on the House floor, Kauffman recited the Gospel of John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”
Genevie is survived by his mother, Patricia Genevie, his father, Girard Genevie, and sisters Tiana and Leslie.
House Resolution 295 was unanimously passed in the House.
Rep. Rob Kauffman
89th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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