On Thursday, 23 June 2011, combat wounded veteran Steve Frye of Newport attended a Memorial Service at the 10th Mountain Division in Fort Drum, New York, along with his recently issue service dog. The balance walker/PTSD Certified Service Dog, CHARLIE ZINO, was named in honor of SGT Michael F. Paranzino—a lifelong resident of Middletown, RI, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in November 2010. SGT Paranzino’s family also attended the ceremony.
CHARLIES ZINO will be officially presented to Frye by trainer Cynthia Kindell of Warren on Tuesday, 28 June 2011 during the pre-game ceremonies at the 32nd Annual Armed Services Night at McCoy Stadium. Many of SGT Paranzino’s family members and fellow soldiers from his unit will be in attendance for the presentation.
Steve Frye, CEO of USA Battle Buddies, and Cynthia Kindell are proud members of American Legion Post 18-Portsmouth and other veterans service organizations.