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Sgt. Randy Scott Rosenberg Memorial Highway dedication

Berlin Mayor Paul Grenier, left, unveiled a plaque on Hutchins Street that names a stretch to Sgt. Randy Scott Rosenberg, a Berlin native who made the ultimate sacrifice for a grateful nation on Jan. 24, 2004, while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom during his second Middle East deployment. A trio of family members his mother Sandy Patrick, third from right, his sister Tanya Rosenberg, and his grandmother Shirley Gemmiti of Florida bravely holds their emotions in check. (Photo by Edith Tucker) (click for larger version)
June 02, 2010
BERLIN — The City remembered one of its own — Sgt. Randy Scott Rosenberg — when 200 family members, friends, neighbors, and workmates of an American hero killed in Iraq nearly six-and-a-half years ago gathered on Monday morning in the Unity Street Botanical Gardens on the east side of the Androscoggin River.

"Memories of this young patriot will last forever with those who were fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to know him," reads the memorial plaque unveiled by Mayor Paul Grenier while Sgt. Rosenberg's mother Sandy Patrick, his sister, Tanya Rosenberg, and grandmother Shirley Gemmiti of Florida looked on.

The Berlin City Council voted last fall to dedicate the section of Hutchins Street from Glen Avenue to East Mason Street in honor of Sgt. Rosenberg. The 23-year-old Berlin native, a 1998 graduate of Berlin High School, was on his second tour of duty in the Middle East, following service in Kuwait, when a vehicle-based explosive device detonated near his military vehicle in Khalidiyah, Iraq on Jan. 24, 2004, killing him and two other American soldiers.

"I knew him as a gifted athlete and hockey player," recalled Mayor Grenier. Later the young man was employed at the Berlin City Dealerships at which the mayor also works. Praising his diligence and ability to work in a fast-paced environment, Mayor Grenier said, "Randy was a hard worker and detail-oriented."

He lauded him for his high moral character and for being a loving and resourceful person, committed to his family, city, and nation.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in a citation read by North Country staffer Chuck Henderson wrote that Sgt. Rosenberg was fortunate to have grown up in such a tight-knit and supportive community that has neither forgotten him nor his selfless sacrifice that allows others to enjoy freedom and security. Sen. Shaheen said that she hopes that having Berlin name a memorial highway for him to serve as a symbol of the enduring gratitude of his home state and the entire nation would provide some solace to his family.

His high school buddy and longtime friend Matt Charest and two of his uncles — Michael Perry and Robert Middleton — who are both brothers-in-law of Sgt. Rosenberg's mother Sandy, recalled Sgt. Rosenberg as a fun-loving and wonderful young man.

A four-veteran honor guard from the Marine Corps League of Berlin and four members of the Berlin High School Mountaineers band were on hand, along with many veterans, as well as members of the Berlin Fire Department, Berlin Police Department, and State Police from Troop F. Senator John Gallus and City Council members were present at the half-hour ceremony, organized by Berlin Community Services Director Laura Viger.

Martin Lord Osman
Brewster Academy
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