Chesterfield soldier will be honored for ultimate sacrifice

RICHMOND, Va (WRIC) — A soldier from Chesterfield made the ultimate sacrifice while fighting in Afghanistan and he will be honored on June 1st for the second year anniversary of his death.

The state and country will honor 21-year-old Kyle Stoeckli’s sacrifice by dedicating the Woolridge Road Bridge. It will officially become the Specialist Kyle Pascal Stoeckli Memorial Bridge. His family, friends and local leaders are expected to gather there for a ceremony.

“We used to live in Woodlake and the Foxfire, and so naturally we drove over that bridge all the time,” said Sonja Stoeckli, Kyle’s mother.

Kyle was killed by an explosive device while in Afghanistan. He was a Cosby High School graduate, and received 11 honors during his time in the army, including the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

“I think it’s a great honor to receive, and yes he deserves it, he really does. He gave his life, he sacrificed his life for the country,” said Sonja.

The Chesterfield Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution to name the bridge after Kyle last month. This was made possible by a family friend who wanted the soldier to always be remembered.

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