Updated 10/14/2012 05:27 PM
Bridge dedicated to fallen soldier
A fallen soldier is remembered in Nassau with a bridge dedication. Brooke Selby has more from the dedication ceremony of the Staff Sgt. Derek Farley Memorial Bridge.
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NASSAU, N.Y. -- A community comes together for a bridge dedication in honor of a local soldier who died serving in Afghanistan.
Army Staff Sgt. Derek Farley, 24, was a Nassau native and a 2004 graduate of Columbia High School. He died in 2010 from wounds he sustained when an IED detonated as he attempted to disarm it.
On Sunday, community members joined his family for the dedication at the bridge on McClellan Drive. His family said there's a bigger lesson to be learned from his death.
"I think it's a good example for his family, his siblings, and anyone else, to chase your dreams. They're very worth it, and go after what you believe in," said mother Carrie Farley, who added that she wants people to remember her son's passion, every time they cross the bridge.
Farley also received a Purple Heart before his death. He had lost his hearing in a bomb explosion.