The bill specifically designates State Route 60 beginning at the Jamestown city line, ending at the intersection with State Route 62, as the “Private Charles S. Cooper, Jr. Memorial Highway.”
“Private Cooper is an American hero who demonstrated immense bravery by returning to active duty even after being awarded the Purple Heart,” Governor Cuomo said. “By designating part of the state highway in his name, we can help ensure his service and sacrifice are never forgotten.”
On April 29, 2005, Cooper tragically lost his life at the age of 19 while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. A recipient of the Purple Heart, Cooper graduated from Jamestown High School.
Assembly Member Andy Goodell said, “It is important that we honor and remember the servicemen who gave their lives for our Country. Charles Cooper never hesitated when it came to defend our Country, and joined the Army just four days after graduating from Jamestown High School. Even after he received a Purple Heart for being wounded in Iraq, he returned to active duty. Unfortunately, he was subsequently killed by a roadside bomb. Naming this roadway after Charles Cooper will help keep his name and memory alive for generations to come, reminding us of a true hometown hero.”