MALVERN, Pa. (CBS) – A high school crew team has christened its new scull after a marine who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
Malvern Prep senior Austin Bury was on his way back from Canada with his rowing team last year when he got the tragic news that his beloved cousin, Brandon Bury, 26, was killed while on duty in Afghanistan.
The team’s new quadruple scull, donated anonymously, has been christened the Sargeant Brandon C. Bury USMC.
Austin loved and admired his cousin and now, in a way, he’ll be with him, always.
“It’s just a great feeling. It really helps to remember him and really try to live the way he lived, just like a strong person. It helps to go out every day and it just motivates us to practice hard and to race hard,” said Austin Bury.
“The passing of Brandon Bury is tragic but a little part of him still lives in this boat and the boys are rowing it going down the river,” said head rowing coach Craig Hoffman.
“It’s a huge symbol, not only of the type of person that Brandon was, because it’s a variety quad, and it’s a leader on the water, but just the fact that there’s recognition of what Brandon lived and died for,” said Austin’s mom and Brandon’s aunt Betsy.
Brandon Bury left behind a wife and two young sons.
Reported by Karin Phillips, KYW Newsradio