Staff Sgt. Derek J. Farley, 24, died in Bala Boluk, Farah, Afghanistan after an improvised explosive device detonated while he attempted to disarm it, according to the Department of Defense.
his younger brother. Her heart went out to the family.
"My thoughts and prayers are with the Farley family as they mourn his loss," said Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino. "His death will be a consistent reminder of the sacrifices that our men and women of our military are prepared to make as they fight to preserve freedom for ourselves and people around the globe. Rensselaer County and the town of Nassau have lost a true hero."
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"RIP Derek Farley," Carroll wrote on his page. "You were a great EOD Tech, an outstanding soldier, and a close brother. I'm thankful for all the great memories (that) I will always cherish. This world won't be the same without you man."
"It's so sad to lose a soldier, but it's horrible when it's a neighbor's kid," she said.
Flags at county office buildings were flown at half staff in Farley's honor Wednesday, as were those at Nassau municipal buildings, while local officials tried to make sense of the tragedy.
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Aaron Carroll, one of Farley's friends on the social networking site Facebook who served in the same EOD unit until 2009, posted a tribute to his fallen comrade.
"We are reminded yet again of the painful sacrifices that the men and women of our armed forces continue to make on a daily basis," said Sen. Roy McDonald, R 43.
Farley, a 2004 graduate of Columbia High School, was near the end of his second tour of duty, but was killed only two weeks before he was scheduled to return home, his family said in a statement.
for his fellow soldiers in courage and bravery," McDonald said. "May the memory of his selfless acts, concern for his fellow soldiers and love of country help to ease the burden that we shall all carry in the days to come."
Nassau soldier was nearing end of second tour
Town Supervisor David Fleming called Farley's death a "great loss," adding that the soldier was "a local hero."
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