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Residents honored at Hempstead swearing-in

Hempstead, NY: Tuesday, January 03, 2012--- Supervisor Kate

Hempstead, NY: Tuesday, January 03, 2012--- Supervisor Kate Murray presented Tuskegee Airman Julius Freeman with the Town of Hempstead's veterans medal at the Town's Induction of Officials. Tom Deierlein, a US Army veteran who was shot by a sniper while serving in Iraq was also awarded the medal for his service. Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan Photo Credit: Newsday/Audrey C. Tiernan

Supervisor Kate Murray and the rest of the town’s incumbent board and elected officials, all Republicans, were sworn in Tuesday during an inauguration ceremony at Hempstead Town Hall.

About 300 people — including state, county and village officials, and religious leaders — attended the two-hour ceremony.

Murray highlighted achievements, including what she called her “most rewarding project” — the construction of the $6-million Malone-Mulhall Recreation Center at Camp Anchor, a recreational summer camp in Lido Beach for the mentally and physically handicapped. The center will be named in memory of Paige Malone, 19, her sister Jamie Malone, 22, and Michael Mulhall, 22, three camp counselors who died in a car accident on their way to work in July 2010.

During the ceremony, Murray honored Army veteran Tom Deierlein, of Garden City, who survived being shot by a sniper while serving in Iraq, and Tuskegee Airman Julius T. Freeman, who was among the first African-American aviators to serve in World War II. Deierlein and Freeman were presented with the town’s Veterans Medal in appreciation of their service.

Freeman led a moment of silent for William Wheeler and Victor Terrelonge, two Tuskegee Airmen from Long Island who died in 2011.

Above: Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray presented Tuskegee Airman Julius Freeman with the Town of Hempstead's Veterans Medal during an inauguration ceremony Tuesday.

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