Brandon Thorsen remembered

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By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

About 150 people turned out for the dedication of a section of Highway 19 to Army Spec. Brandon Tyler Thorsen who was killed while on guard duty in Baghdad, Iraq, on Sept. 15, 2007. Thorsen's parents, Mr. and Mrs. David Thorsen were present and pulled the cover off the streetside sign. State Sen. Charles Dean, who helped pass the legislation designating the section of road in front of Chiefland High School, helped the Thorsens unveil the sign. Chiefland Police Chief Robert Douglas said, "To me it's a small thing . . . but I hope it's a comfort to you to know that the citizens of Chiefland and Levy County honor the soldier."

The dedication was attended by the Chiefland City Commission, the Levy County Commission, an honor guard made up of a Marine, and officers of the Florida Highway Patrol, Chiefland Police Department and Levy County Sheriff's Office. The colors were presented by a Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5625 color guard and red buddy poppies were handed out by the Post's Auxiliary.

Thorsen, 22, was a graduate of Chiefland High School in 2005. He played on the football team.

He was deployed to Iraq in November 2006. He served in the 1st Cavalry 2nd Battalion. He completed basic training in Ft. Benning, Ga., and was based at Flort Bliss, Texas before being deployed.