Southington Man Among Seven Added to the 'Wall of Honor' Thursday

Dennis Pratt, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009, was among those recognized for making the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our freedom.

An emotional ceremony Thursday afternoon in the atrium of the Legislative Office building in Hartford, left several families with both tears and smiles as seven additional portraits were added to the Connecticut Wall of Honor.

Among those honored was Dennis Pratt, an Army specialist killed in the line of duty while serving in Afghanistan in 2009.

Pratt was born in Waterbury in 1975, but spent much of the early part of his life in Southington before graduating from in 1993.

After graduation, he moved to Arizona, Oklahoma and then Texas where he joined the United States Army. Pratt did his basic training at Fort Sill and was then stationed at Fort Drum, New York. He was deployed to Afghanistan on January 2009 and was killed six months later.

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This was the fifth annual Addendum ceremony.

The event which was co-chaired by local radio personality Brad Davis and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman included remarks by Wyman, several state officials, and by families of the Wall of Honor members.

The event culminated in a procession to the Wall, a reading of the names of Wall of Honor Service Members, hanging of the seven portraits, the playing of Taps, Benediction, and ended with the singing of God Bless America. The Members honored on Thursday are:

  • Army Spec. Philip C.S. Schiller, 21, of Winsted (2012)
  • Army Spec. Richard C. Emmons, 22, of North Granby. (2011)
  • Army Pfc. Eric D. Soufrine, 20, of Woodbridge. (2011)
  • Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer Brian R. Bill, 31, of Stamford. (2011)
  • Army Sgt. Edward J. Frank II, 26, of Hartford. (2011)
  • Army Staff Sgt. Ari R. Cullers, 28, of Waterford. (2011)
  • Army Spec. Dennis Pratt, 34, of Southington. (2009)

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Southington Patch Local Editor Jason Vallee contributed to this report.

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