Assemblyman Colin Schmitt Inducts
Area Heroes Into Inaugural Hall of Fame
Assemblyman Colin Schmitt (R,C,I-New Windsor) held his inaugural 99th Assembly District Veterans’ Hall of Fame event at the Orange County Emergency Services center on November 18, 2019. Assemblyman Schmitt founded the 99th Assembly District Veterans Hall of Fame Program and Traveling Wall of Honor in order to highlight the sacrifices made by the brave veteran heroes and role models throughout the 99th district.
Town of Blooming Grove: Andrew Morris,
Army National Guard
Andrew Morris joined the Army National guard on October 20th, 1988. Andrew started his military career in Fort Knox, Kentucky in M60 A3 Tanks training. He traveled to the Republic of Kosovo in 2001 as a member of the 101st Airborne 716th Military Police battalion. He first served on Abraham M1 tanks in storms, hurricanes and devastated areas. Then he became a squad leader and served as personal security for a colonel. He received a medal for his campaign in the Republic of Kosovo and even met President Bush on a trip overseas. During his National Guard career, he started in the NYC corrections division in 1996 and shortly after joined the NYPD. This is where he served as an officer until he transferred to the Walden Police Department and retired in 2014. He was a 9/11 First Responder and has shown true valor in every aspect. Andrew is the recipient of two purple hearts. He is the son of a Military Missile Man and the grandson of a WWII tanker. Today, he resides in the Town of Blooming Grove.
Village of South Blooming Grove: James Mullany,
James Mullany, or Jim, is a disabled United States Army Vietnam Combat Veteran. He was drafted in 1969 while he was a trainee at the NYPD. He served overseas as a Helicopter Door Gunner responsible for the safe transport of troops into and out of battle. He was attached to the 115 heli group and left the service in July 1971. Upon his safe return home, he resumed his employment and life of service with the New York City Police Department where he retired as one of New York’s Finest. Jim is an upstanding citizen of the Village of South Blooming Grove where he has lived for 41 years. He is an active volunteer within the community. He was instrumental in the formation of the village and has served as a Trustee on the Village Board since 2006. He was also the first Deputy Mayor. He was a charter member of the South Blooming Grove Homeowners’ Association and member for 25 years. Jim is very involved in the annual holiday celebrations in the community, most notably Santa’s annual ride through the village. He is always in attendance at the village’s annual Community Day, helping wherever needed. Jim and his wife Maureen are the proud owners of Maureen Mullany’s Pub in Goshen and are huge supporters of their community.
Town of New Windsor: George Reilly,
George Reilly was born in Brooklyn and enlisted into the United States Marine Corps after he graduated High school early at the age of 18 years old. He followed his older brother into the Marines and was initially sent to Parris Island. George was promoted to Private First Class and then sent for morse code training in Cherry Point, North Carolina. He worked in the Provost Marshal’s office and received the Marine of the Year award. Then he was sent to Iwakuni, Japan in January, 1963. George served there as a Helicopter Gunner until he came home in February, 1964. When he came home, George worked for Con-Ed until becoming an officer in the NYPD. He served in the South Bronx, Narcotics and Homicide squad later reaching detective and retiring in July, 1987. But retiring from the NYPD didn’t stop george. He volunteers to this day at 9 Johnson homeless shelter in Newburgh, serves as the Senior vice chair of the 1161 VFW post and is a member of the Catholic War Veterans.
George married Donna, whom he met on a blind date. They’ve been married 53 ½ years and they have 3 children and 8 Grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
Village of Washingtonville: David Pritchard,
U.S. Air Force
David Pritchard has served in the United States Air Force since the 1980’s. Dave has had an incredibly distinguished career serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and even as a first responder at Ground Zero. Dave has received over 20 highly decorated awards, including the Bronze Star medal which is the fourth highest military honor that can be received in the United States. Most notably, Dave was assigned Senior Enlisted Leader of the 455th Expeditionary Squadron in Afghanistan where he led 1,200 soldiers, contractors and Airmen. He protected 220 miles of Base security zone and led the successful execution of 830 combat missions. While serving, he also worked as a Part-time police officer for Fishkill and Washingtonville Dave recently retired from the Village of Washingtonville PD after serving for 20 years. Dave now works for the General Services Administration. Dave is definitely the kind of person that will always serve as long as he’s able. Dave is happily married to his wife Lianne and they have four children right here in Orange County.
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