KIANTONE – A part of Route 60 in the Town of Kiantone has been named in honor of a Jamestown hero killed in the line of duty.
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, last week signed legislation, naming Route 60 from the Jamestown City Line to Route 62 in the Town of Kiantone in honor of Private Charles S. Cooper Jr.
“Private Cooper is an American hero who demonstrated immense bravery by returning to active duty even after being awarded the Purple Heart,” Governor Cuomo said. “By designating part of the state highway in his name, we can help ensure his service and sacrifice are never forgotten.”
Private Cooper, a Jamestown High School graduate, was killed by a roadside bomb in April 2002 while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The 19-year-old received a Purple Heart during a previous incident before returning to active duty.
“It is important that we honor and remember the servicemen who gave their lives for our Country, ”
Assembly Member Andy Goodell. “Charles Cooper never hesitated when it came to defend our Country, and joined the Army just four days after graduating from Jamestown High School. Even after he received a Purple Heart for being wounded in Iraq, he returned to active duty.”
“Unfortunately, he was subsequently killed by a roadside bomb. Naming this roadway after Charles Cooper will help keep his name and memory alive for generations to come, reminding us of a true hometown hero.”
Signs for the Private Charles S. Cooper, Jr. Memorial Highway should be installed in the coming months.