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Service Dog Named After Fallen Middletown Soldier to be Presented to Local Veteran Tonight

The dog will be officially presented to Stephen Frye of Newport at Tuesday's night's Pawsox game.

On Thursday, 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 issued service dog, according to a prepared announcement from the American Legion Post 18-Portsmouth.

The balance walker/PTSD Certified Service Dog, Charlie Zino, was named in honor of , a life-long resident of Middletown, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in November 2010.  Sgt. Paranzino’s family also attended the ceremony. 

Charlie Zino will be officially presented to Frye by trainer Cynthia Kindell of Warren on Tuesday night 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, according to the announcement. 

keith June 28, 2011 at 12:25 PM
Mike was a good guy, God bless him.
Melane June 28, 2011 at 01:54 PM
Thanks Keith, it is so good to hear from his friends. We miss him so much. Michael's mama, Melane Paranzino
LoyaltyOfDogs.com June 29, 2011 at 03:30 AM
Much Luck to Steve Frye and Zino. Dogs have a remarkable capacity to heal. During the Civil War many dogs accompanied soldiers on both sides as mascots, helping to raise the soldiers' morale at one of the bleakest times in our nation's history. You can read about these remarkable Civil War dogs here: http://www.LoyaltyOfDogs.com/LargeView.aspx

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