State Honors Southington Fallen Soldier

May 29, 2012
Sen. Markley, Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, WDRC Radio Host, Brad Davis and family and friends of the fallen soldiers at the ceremony in Hartford.

Sen. Markley, Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, WDRC Radio Host, Brad Davis and family and friends of the fallen soldiers at the ceremony in Hartford.

Hartford, CT – Senator Joe Markley (R-Southington) was honored to attend the Fallen Soldiers tribute on Friday May 25 at the State Legislative Office Building. The tribute included an unveiling of seven new photographs of fallen Connecticut soldiers, including Army Specialist Dennis Pratt of Southington.

“These brave men and women sacrificed for all of us. It is only fitting that we honor them on this Memorial Day weekend,” said Sen. Markley.

Army Spec. Pratt was killed in the line of duty while serving in Afghanistan in 2009. Pratt was born in Waterbury in 1975, but spent much of the early part of his life in Southington before graduating from Southington High School in 1993. After graduation, Pratt did his basic training at Fort Sill and was then stationed at Fort Drum, New York. He was deployed to Afghanistan on January 2009 and was killed six months later.

A ceremony, led by Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman also included family members who read the names and spoke about their loved ones.

The honorees included:

  • Army Spec. Dennis Pratt of Southington, who died in 2009.
  • Army Spec. Phillip Schiller of Winsted, and formerly of West Hartford. Schiller died in 2012.
  • Army Spec. Richard Emmons of North Granby, Emmons died in 2011.
  • Army Pfc. Eric Soufrine of Woodbridge, who died in 2011.
  • Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer Brian Bill of Stamford, He died in 2011.
  • Army Sgt. Edward Frank II of Hartford, who died in 2011.
  • Army Staff Sgt. Ari Cullers of Waterford, Cullers died in 2011.

The photos will be added to the Wall of Honor inside the state Capitol complex.

The memorial has portraits of 56 Connecticut military men and women who lost their lives in the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts. It was started in 2007 by Wyman and radio broadcaster Brad Davis.