JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown City Council, last night, unanimously accepted the donation of a park bench for Veterans Memorial Park by the Friends and Family of David Wilfong in honor of LCpl. Jeremy Bruce.
Bruce, a U.S. Marine and 2002 graduate of Jamestown High School, passed away last year at the age of 35 after a fierce bout with cancer.
Jamestown City Councilman At-Large Jeff Russell offered brief comments during the vote. He says that he knew Bruce and his family, and he should be recognized for his service.
“I know Jeremy hated attention, and he hated being called a hero, but Jeremy truly was,” Russell said. “I know he probably wouldn’t like the attention he’s getting now, but Jeremy, too bad, you’re getting it.”
Council President Tony Dolce, a teacher at JHS, says that Bruce was a former student of his. He says Bruce was “a fine young man.”
Bruce served from December 2004 to December 2008 where he served two combat tours of duty in Fallujah, Iraq and also was involved in the hurricane Katrina relief mission in New Orleans. He was awarded the Purple Heart for his heroic efforts.
Bruce visited 56 countries during his lifetime. He was very proud of the children’s orphanage that he started in Uganda and he referred to all of the children as his African family, according to his obituary. While living in Colorado he was active in politics and had also taught school in the Denver Public Schools for two years.
The City, additionally, extended its thanks for the donation.