Portion of Route 79 in Madison to be renamed after fallen Army hero

GUILFORD, Conn. (WTNH)--A portion of Route 79 in Madison will soon be renamed in recognition of the life and service of Army Captain Andrew Michael Pedersen-Keel.

The announcement was made at the APK Charities 5K race in Madison on Saturday.

Pedersen-Keel grew up in Wallingford and Collinsville, and moved with his parents to Madison in 2003. He was deployed as a platoon leader in Afghanistan, where he led his platoon in over 150 combat foot patrols and three air assault operations.

He was killed in battle in 2013.

"We wanted to come up with a fitting tribute to honor the sacrifice that Captain Pedersen-Keel made, and that was to name a state highway in his memory. Renaming this road is a small token of our immense gratitude to Andrew and his family for their service to this country," said Senator Ted Kennedy Jr. of Branford. "All of us on the Connecticut Shoreline are incredibly grateful for the sacrifice that he made, and now his memory will be permanently placed in our town so that future generations can be aware of all that Andrew and his family have sacrificed for us."

Route 79 in Madison, from Route 1 to the intersection with Green Hill Road will be designated "Captain Andrew Pedersen-Keel Memorial Highway."

Captain Pedersen-Keel's parents founded "APK Charities" in memory of their son. For information on the charity, including how to donate, visit

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