New Yorker Killed in Afghanistan Honored Statewide

November 3, 2009 Updated: November 3, 2009

NEW YORK—Governor David A. Paterson has directed that flags on New York State government buildings be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, Nov. 4, in honor of a New York soldier who died in Afghanistan.

Staff Sergeant Keith Bishop, a Medford resident, died on Oct. 26 of wounds suffered when the MH-47 helicopter he was aboard crashed in Darreh-ye Bum in northwest Afghanistan.
“On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and fellow soldiers of Staff Sergeant Bishop,” Gov. Paterson said. “We mourn his death, but will honor his memory and celebrate his selfless service to our country.”

He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Governor Paterson has directed the flags on all state buildings be lowered to half-staff in tribute to the state’s service members who are killed in action, or die in a combat zone.