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Posted: Thursday, September 1, 2011 11:02 am

PORTVILLE — Navy SEAL Lt. Michael McGreevy Jr. is remembered as a quiet, determined man by those who knew him. A 1993 graduate of Portville Central School, Lt. McGreevy is the only Portville native killed to-date in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Now, a small group of citizens is working to remember Lt. McGreevy, as well as all those who have served in those conflicts, with a memorial in Pioneer Park.

According to Ellen Joliet, a village board trustee and a member of the group developing the memorial, the plan is to have a bench and engraved bricks in the park honoring those who have fought for their country since Sept. 11.

“It’s supposed to be kind of a quiet memorial,” Ms. Joliet said.

The memorial was originally suggested by Kevin Hanley, who had a close relationship with Lt. McGreevy during his award-winning high school track career.

“I was his track coach, I knew him pretty personally,” said Mr. Hanley. “Michael was always one to step in when someone was picking on or bullying” another person, Mr. Hanley said.

Lt. McGreevy was killed on June 28, 2005, when the MH-47 Chinook helicopter he was in was shot down over mountainous terrain.

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