NY Coast Guardsman's sacrifice continues to be honored - FOX 13 News

Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Bruckenthal

NY Coast Guardsman's sacrifice continues to be honored

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Each day he goes to work, Police Chief Ric Bruckenthal of the Northport, Long Island, Police Department walks by a memorial that honors a fallen Coast Guard veteran: his son, Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Bruckenthal, served two tours during the Iraq War as a proud member of the United States Coast Guard.

On April 24, 2004, Bruckenthal and two members of his special ops team lost their lives during a terrorist suicide bombing just off the Iraqi coast. That day, he became the first U.S. Coast Guardsman killed in combat since the Vietnam War. Nate was only 24.

His parents say they are so proud of him for what he did.

Gratitude from the country he loved and served continues to be shown. The Coast Guard has announced it is naming a fast response cutter in Bruckenthal's honor. Closer to home, the Coast Guard barracks in Montauk now bear his name. And at Station Eaton's Neck, so does the dog mascot, who is affectionately named Nate.

But perhaps Bruckenthal's greatest legacy is the daughter born after he died. She has been taken on trips to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia to learn more about the father so many are proud of.

"I think it's really the sense of service that he had and his commitment to serving communities that he was involved in and then ultimately serving his country," said Pat Bruckenthal, Nate's stepmother.

"And making the ultimate sacrifice for his country," Ric Bruckenthal added.

  • Long Island NewsLong Island NewsMore>>

  • ‘Swim across America’ cancer research and prevention event

    ‘Swim across America’ cancer research and prevention event

    Saturday, July 26 2014 10:56 PM EDT2014-07-27 02:56:44 GMT
    The battle against cancer hit the shores of Larchmont, New York over the weekend. Hundreds took the plunge to raise money for cancer research, prevention and treatment as Swim across America held its annual open water swim across Long Island Sound. 
    The battle against cancer hit the shores of Larchmont, New York over the weekend. Hundreds took the plunge to raise money for cancer research, prevention and treatment as Swim across America held its annual open water swim across Long Island Sound. 
  • NY man arrested on DWI charge after friend killed

    NY man arrested on DWI charge after friend killed

    Saturday, July 26 2014 5:12 PM EDT2014-07-26 21:12:09 GMT
    Police say a Long Island man struck and killed a friend after she got out of his car and started walking because she believed he was drunk.
    Police say a Long Island man struck and killed a friend after she got out of his car and started walking because she believed he was drunk.
  • Another company to give family free cruise

    Family of 5-year-old with cancer upset with cruise line

    Family of 5-year-old with cancer upset with cruise line

    Friday, July 25 2014 6:52 PM EDT2014-07-25 22:52:08 GMT
    A Long Island family is upset that a cruise line won't accommodate them after their 5-year-old son had to have emergency surgery for cancer. Nicolas Colucci and the rest of his family was supposed to go on a cruise on the Norwegian Breakaway. They did not buy travel insurance, so Norwegian says they cannot rebook the cruise so close to departure. The CEO of a rival cruise line saw their story and reached out to the Colucci family to offer them a free cruise.
    A Long Island family is upset that a cruise line won't accommodate them after their 5-year-old son had to have emergency surgery for cancer. Nicolas Colucci and the rest of his family was supposed to go on a cruise on the Norwegian Breakaway. They did not buy travel insurance, so Norwegian says they cannot rebook the cruise so close to departure. The CEO of a rival cruise line saw their story and reached out to the Colucci family to offer them a free cruise.
Powered by WorldNow

FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
3213 West Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, Florida 33609
Main: (813) 876-1313
Newsroom: (813) 870-9630
Fax: (813) 871-3135

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices