DANSVILLE — The community is honoring the memory of Airman Alexandria Gleason-Morrow, who lost her life while serving our nation.
Gleason-Morrow, 25, and a weapons load crew member with the US Air Force, was a 2009 graduate of Dansville High School. She was stationed in Jordan the time of her death.
The Livingston County Board of Supervisors and Veterans Agency extend their heartfelt condolences to the family of Gleason-Morrow.
According to the agency Gleason-Morrow joined the Air Force two days after graduating high school. On Tuesday, March 21, Alexandria was killed in a non-combat operation in Jordan. She was a mother of two young children.
On March 25 at 1 p.m. , the Livingston County Veterans Service Agency will be laying a wreath at the Veterans Memorial on Clara Barton Street. The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars will be attending and paying their respects with a ceremony to honor their fallen comrade. All organizations and the general public are welcome to participate.
Dansville Central Superintendent Paul Alioto said in a statement on Thursday that the Dansville Central School’s family is saddened to learn of the loss of one of their own.
“The Dansville Central Schools' family is saddened to learn of the loss of Airman Alexandria Gleason-Morrow, USAF, DHS class of 2009,” he said. “Alex lost her life serving our nation while on active duty in Jordan.”
Gleason-Morrow was a bright light in the school community.
“Alex is remembered by classmates as ‘super-positive, loved by all and a person who would help anyone.’ She was highly regarded by teachers who recall Alex as a bright, creative, and friendly student who had tremendous potential to pursue any interest and career,” Alioto said. “She was a high achiever who loved art and who established strong relationships with her teachers and classmates. Alex's mixed media piece "Chuck's" has been on display in the DHS main office since her senior year. She had aspired to become an art teacher after concluding her military career.”
A new flag flies in front of Dansville Central at half staff in honor of Gleason- Morrow’s incredible spirit.
“In Dansville we honor all service members in life and in death. Alex took the military oath and pledged her life to defend us and the USA.” Alioto said. “We feel her loss acutely because Alex was such a bright light and she is one of our own. We are here to support her family and friends now and always.”
“Alex will remain in our hearts, our prayers and our collective consciousness in perpetuity,” Alioto concluded.
Mayor Peter Vogt did not know Gleason-Morrow personally, but he is deeply saddened by the news of her passing.
“I am very saddened by this tragic news. The passing of any young person, or anyone before their time is certainly something to be mourned and lost,” he said. “She had a bright future ahead of her. She has been serving our country well. She was a fine representative of our community. The loss of anyone is a moment for sadness and reflection. I did not know her, but from what I understand she was quite a young lady. She was certainly dedicated to her country.”
Gleason-Morrow's death is still under investigation.