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November 5, 2012

Port Henry man killed in combat

Essex County soldier dies on patrol in Afghanistan

PORT HENRY — Port Henry resident Dain Venne was killed in Afghanistan Saturday while serving with the U.S. Army Reserve.

Venne, 29, was on patrol when a roadside bomb exploded, according to preliminary reports.

Two other soldiers died with Venne when the bomb went off.

His parents are Brian and Laura (Harris) Venne of Port Henry. His father is a longtime Moriah town justice. Laura is a teacher at Moriah Central School.

Dain Venne was with the U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division headquartered at Fort Drum, but reported to the Canton-Oswego U.S. Army Reserve Training Center. He had served one tour in Iraq and the current one in Afghanistan.

The family was notified Saturday afternoon, according to friends.

Venne was a graduate of Moriah Central School and was a student at St. Lawrence University in Canton when the 9/11 terrorist attacks occurred. He enlisted in the U.S. Army soon after, friends said, in an effort to serve his country in a time of need.

This year, Venne received the Firefighter Commendation Medal from the Port Henry Fire Department for his life-saving actions in rescuing several stranded victims during August 2011 floods. His father accepted the award for him in May since he was serving in Afghanistan at the time.

Port Henry Fire Chief James Hughes said firefighters were at the fire station Sunday preparing for services that will likely be held later this week.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Venne and Harris families. We are devastated, like everyone else, over these events.”

He said Venne was a credit to the fire service.

“He was an outstanding firefighter, a perfect gentleman. It’s a reflection on his family how he carried himself, very respectful to his fellow firefighters. You couldn’t ask for a better person, better son; he was an overall good and decent human being.”

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