Legislation passed to honor local hero

— The Baldwinsville Post Office has been officially designated as the "Corporal Kyle Schneider Post Office Building."

The House of Representatives passed the legislation, introduced by Representative Ann Marie Buerkle, during the representative’s July 23 meeting.

According to Buerkle, the bill (H.R. 5873) was cosponsored by the entire New York State Delegation and was favorably reported by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on June 27.

Born on Jan. 8, 1988 to Richard and Lorie Schneider, Kyle R. Schneider was raised in Baldwinsville with his brother Kevin. He graduated from Baker High School and attended Onondaga Community College for one year in the criminal justice program. While at Baker High School, he played baseball, football and ran track. He loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman.

In March 2008, Kyle joined the United States Marine Corps and graduated from boot camp in June 2008. He attended the School of Infantry in July and graduated in September; from September to October he attended the Marine Corps Security Forces Training. In October of 2008, he was with the Guard Company Marine Barracks in Washington, DC. In May 2010, he was transferred to Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, II Marine Expeditionary Force.

In January 2011, Kyle was assigned to 3rd Platoon and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In defense of our nation, Kyle was killed in Helmand Province Afghanistan on June 30, 2011, by an improvised explosive device. He was 23 years old.

“Corporal Kyle R. Schneider is an American hero. He was a proud and valiant Marine. He was also a son, a brother, a grandson, a fiancée, friend and comrade. Kyle is greatly missed, and no words will diminish the grief of those who knew and loved him. In his death, he has earned the thanks of a grateful nation,” Buerkle said during the July 23 meeting of the House of Representatives. “Let us honor the service and sacrifice of Corporal Kyle R. Schneider through the passage of this legislation to designate the Baldwinsville post office in his honor.”

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