By: Sharon Aron Baron
The City of Coral Springs nominated the late Army Warrant Officer Joseph L. Schiro and Major Stuart Adam Wolfer for a special recognition for their service and sacrifice at the United Way Broward County Mayor’s Gala on Saturday night.
Joining the table of Coral Springs Mayor Skip Campbell and Commissioners Dan Daley and Joy Carter were Francis and Joseph Schiro, grandparents of Joseph, and Esther and Leonard Wolfer, parents of Stuart.
Army Warrant Officer Joseph L. Schiro, from the Shadow Wood area of Coral Springs graduated from J.P. Taravella High and attended the University of Central Florida before enlisting in the Army in 2004. He died at the age of 27 in 2012 while on his fifth deployment to Afghanistan. He left behind his wife Diana and their three children.
Major Stuart Adam Wolfer was killed in Baghdad in 2008. He moved with his family to South Florida in 1984 where he was a graduate of J.P. Taravella High School and later went on to become an attorney. His Army Reserve unit was based in Boise, Idaho and he was called up from the Army Reserves for active-duty service in 2004, serving in Kuwait for a year. He was again called up for active-duty Army service, leaving for Iraq on Dec. 29, 2007. Wolfer left behind a wife and three daughters.
The Mayor’s Gala was held at the Broward County Convention Center.