Delaware County State Route Dedicated To Franklin Marine
The New York State Senate passed legislation Tuesday renaming a portion of New York State Route 357 in Delaware County in honor of United States Marine Corps Corporal Nicholas K. Uzenski. The bill sponsored by Senator James Seward designates the portion of New York State Route 357 from the intersection with State Route 28 in the town Franklin to the Franklin-Sidney town line as the “Corporal Nicholas K. Uzenski Memorial Highway”. The Franklin native died January 11, 2010 in Helmond Province, Afghanistan, at the age of 21 from injuries sustained when his unit was ambushed during a reconnaissance mission. Corporal Uzenski and two other marines were killed during the mission, however, their heroic actions were credited with saving the rest of their team. Corporal Uzenski was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the NATO International Security Assistance Service Medal, the Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Purple Heart.