In an Executive Order signed Wednesday, Governor Murphy ordered all U.S. and New Jersey flags to fly at half-staff on Friday, to honor the life of Private First Class Anthony P. Steitz.
“Private First Class Anthony P. Steitz was taken from us much too soon in a tragic automobile accident,” Murphy said in a statement.
“His selfless service and dedication to our state and country will not be forgotten. Tammy and I would like to express our sincere condolences to Anthony’s family and friends in this difficult time.”
Steitz, who was just 17, was tragically killed in a car crash on Saturday on Route 78.
Steitz was a Junior ROTC Cadet at Union High School and did a lot of work with the New Jersey Veterans Network.
He recently joined the New Jersey National Guard.
He has been posthumously promoted to Private First Class and will receive a military funeral.