WASHINGTON - United States Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey stood together on the Senate floor Thursday to read the names of Pennsylvania service members who lost their lives as part of Operation Enduring Freedom over the past year.
"We rise to pay tribute to these brave Pennsylvanians and give thanks them for their sacrifice on behalf of our grateful nation," said Casey, a Democrat. "We are forever indebted to these heroes and to their loved ones."
"The values of the commonwealth are exemplified in the lives of our fallen whom will forever be honored as Pennsylvania's native sons and daughters and its hometown heroes," said Toomey, a Republican. "They represent all that is good about America."
Chief Warrant Ofc. Jarett Yoder, of Brecknock Twp., Berks Co., was included on the list of names read by the senators.
Yoder, a 2005 Oley Valley High School graduate, was one of two soldiers who died when their helicopter crashed in Afghanistan on April 9.
Chief Warrant Ofc. Matthew Ruffner, of the Harrisburg area, died alongside Yoder. His name was also read aloud Thursday.
Other names on the list were SSgt. Marek Andrzej Soja, of Philadelphia; SSgt. Thomas Allen Baysore Jr., of Milton; Sgt. Patrick Christopher Hawkins, of Carlisle; and SSgt. Patrick Howard Quinn, of Quarryville.
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