NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. -- A former Niagara University student who died fighting in Afghanistan was honored Thursday.
Senator Charles Schumer says he wants to do even more to help the community remember the young man.
Spc. Theodore Matthew Glende grew up in Rochester and later joined the Army.
He was killed in Afghanistan last July when his unit came under attack from small weapons fire.
It was said Glende helped save five members of his unit that day.
Senator Schumer joined Glende's family to announce his posthumous promotion to specialist.
"It's a bittersweet accomplishment, one we wish we had no occasion for,” said Schumer. “But as Spc. Glende gave his life, we are now working to ensure that his memory serves his impeccable character his exceptional patriotism, his resolute bravery."
To further honor Spc. Glende, Schumer says he has introduced legislation to dedicate Rochester's main post office the Specialist Theodore Matthew Glende Post Office.