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Legislature Honors Slain Army Sergeant James Johnston

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Legislature Honors Slain Army Sergeant James Johnston

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

The Tompkins County Legislature paid tribute to Army Sergeant James G. Johnston, of Trumansburg, approving by unanimous vote (Legislator Mike Sigler was excused) a resolution of commemoration honoring Sgt. Johnston, who died while on active duty in Afghanistan on June 25, 2019, from injuries sustained in the service t0 his country. 

The resolution, advanced by Ulysses-Enfield Legislator Anne Koreman, recognizes the “honorable and vital service to the United States of America” he rendered as an explosive ordinance disposal specialist, and the many decorations for distinguished service he received, including for meritorious service, a bronze star, and a purple heart.  The resolution states that the members of the Tompkins County Legislature, on behalf of all the people of Tompkins County express their heartfelt condolences to his widow, Krista Johnston, and to all the members of his family for their terrible loss.  Many Legislators were wearing Hawaiian shirts in honor of Sgt. Johnston, said to be his favorite type of attire.