A fallen Army Captain from western New York is being honored Friday.
Signs were unveiled Friday morning that will designate a portion of State Route 75 in Eden to United States Army Captain John Levulis.
Captain Levulis was killed during a car accident on the New Jersey Turnpike in May. Officials say 25-year-old was traveling in a humvee convoy from Fort Drum to Fort Dix, when a car hit the back of the military vehicle. The humvee flipped and rolled down an embankment. The Eden native suffered head injuries and broken bones. He died several days after the crash.
Friday's ceremony took place at Eden American Legion Hall. It was attended by loved ones of Levulis, as well as local politicians.
Governor Andrew Cuomo designated a part of Route 75 on Captain John J. Levulis Memorial Highway beginning on July 2nd. The New York Department of Transportation Commissioner, Matthew Driscoll, said in a statement, "On behalf of Governor Cuomo, we are honored and humbled to be able to pay this tribute to Army Captain Levulis.
"This official designation on State Route 75 in his hometown of Eden will always remind travelers of the dedicated and courageous service of Captain Levulis, who died while bravely serving his country.”
Levulis received numerous awards and accolades while in the Army. Those include the Bronze Star, NATO Campaign Medal, Airborne Wings and the Meritorious Service Medal. He was an infantry platoon leader in Afghanistan.
He was married in July of 2013, shortly before he was deployed to Afghanistan. Levulis and his wife were planning a large ceremony over the summer.
Levulis graduated from Niagara University in 2008, where he was at the top of his ROTC class.
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