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Pa. House honors fallen Chambersburg soldier

May 12, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Tuesday honored a fallen soldier from Chambersburg, Pa., and his family.

State Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-Chambersburg, authored House Resolution 295 in tribute to Pfc. Aaron Genevie, who was promoted to the rank of specialist posthumously.

From the House floor, Kauffman recited John 15:13, which says, "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."

Genevie graduated from McConnellsburg (Pa.) High School in 2003 and embarked on his lifelong dream of serving in the military. He was assigned to U.S. Army Troop B, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, based in Fort Riley, Kan.

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An improvised explosive device detonated when Genevie was in a Humvee on April 16, 2007, in Baghdad. The soldier was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He was buried at Arlington (Va.) National Cemetery.

"Aaron was an exceptional young man who served his country with bravery and distinction," Kauffman said in a news release.

Genevie is survived by his mother, Patricia Genevie; his father, Girard Genevie; and sisters Tiana and Leslie.

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