|Street renamed for Long Island soldier killed in Iraq|
Long Island Mastic FD helps hold street dedication.
By JOHN-PAUL WALTHERS Senior Correspondent
1st Responder Network Story Number 102807126
By John-Paul Walthers
Flag Hangs from Mastic FD ladder (5-12-14) outside of Headquarters.
Mastic, NY. – On the Morning of October 23rd what would have been Specialist Thomas Wilwerth’s 23rd birthday instead became a day of remembrance. At about 10:45 AM members of the Mastic FD as well as local elected officials and community members gathered at the corner of Main Street and Mastic Road for a special dedication ceremony dedicated to Army Specialist Thomas “TJ” Wilwerth. TJ was a member of the William Floyd High school graduating class of 2003 where he was the ROTC unit’s Commanding officer. After Graduation Wilwerth enlisted in the United States army where he served in Iraq where he was killed in the line of duty on February 23rd 2006.
At the ceremony the elected officials spoke on how it was there honor to dedicate the street and declare today Specialist Thomas J. Wilwerth day in the town of Brookhaven. Wilwerths father Terry also thanked everyone for coming out to support his family.
Following the dedication the attendees proceeded to Mastic Fire Department Headquarters for a small reception.
A special thanks to the Mastic Fire department for all there help in making this happen.
(10/28/07) MASTIC – A Mastic family remembered its soldier son Sunday at the dedication of a street named in his honor. A roadside bomb killed Thomas Wilwerth in February 2006 in Iraq. His relatives and friends gathered at the corner of Mastic Road and Main Street for a dedication ceremony on what would have been the soldier’s 23rd birthday.
Wilwerth’s father, mother and sister accepted a copy of the street sign that now bears his name. They said they found comfort in knowing the jokester and patriotic man’s memory lives on, but say he wouldn’t have liked all the attention.
“I think it’s wonderful that this town is actually doing something for him,” said friend Justine Conners. “I think he’s happy that we’re … remembering him and saying thank you because none of us are over there – none of us did that.”
A picnic area at a park is also named after Wilwerth.