Oneida highway re-named in honor of fallen soldier, LCpl. Jeremy Lasher

A stretch of Route 365a in the City of Oneida is re-named in honor of a local hero, fallen LCpl. Jeremy Lasher, who died while serving in Afghanistan four years ago this July.

A Madison County highway is now a permanent tribute to a local hero, who was killed serving overseas four years ago.

In Oneida, a stretch of State Route 365A, from where it meets State Route 5 to the intersection of State Route 365, will now be known as the "LCpl. Jeremy Lasher Memorial Highway."

Local leaders and members of his family were there when the sign was unveiled Friday afternoon.

Lance Corporal Jeremy Lasher died on July 23, 2009 in Afghanistan, when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device.

He was 27 years old, and left behind a loving wife, Andrea, and a one-year-old son, Caden. Caden, who is now five years old, says it feels like his late father was with him as the highway sign was unveiled in his honor.

"It was like he wasn't dead. It was like he was alive," says Caden Lasher.

Andrea remembers back to five years ago, when she was pregnant with Caden, and going into labor. At that time, her husband was serving overseas in Iraq.

"I started having contractions, and he was on the phone in Iraq saying breathe honey. 'One, two, three, breathe,'", she says. "While he was away, he was still here for our son."

Losing Jeremy isn't the only battle this family is fighting. Jeremy's mother, Vicky Arnold, is battling lung cancer. Following the ceremony in the hot summer sun, Arnold needed to sit down and drink some water. That's when she told CNYCentral's Dora Scheidell, that strength runs in the family.

"We all fall down. The difference is I chose to get back up and I will continue to do it," says Arnold.

"I know my dad was really strong and brave, and that he died so that me and my mom wouldn't die," says Caden Lasher.

Senator David J. Valesky (D-Oneida) and Assemblyman William Magee (D-Nelson), sponsored the bill that created the designation.