Spirit of local fallen Marine lives on through scholarships

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BALDWINSVILLE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Walking through the halls of C.W. Baker High School, Lorie Schneider can feel her son’s spirit.

“His roots started here with his giving and his dedication to the community,” said Schneider.

After Kyle Schneider graduated from Baker, he joined the Marine Corps. While fighting in Afghanistan, on June 30, 2011, Corporal Kyle Schneider said it was his turn. Just 23, he made the ultimate sacrifice for his country. The ultimate sacrifice for you and me.

“When two Marines pull into our driveway, that we weren’t sure how we were going to carry on, but its truly been faith, community that has gotten us through each and every day,” Lorie Schneider said.

Kyle’s legacy is giving is about to continue at Baker. If you look closely, inside the auditorium, you can see the seniors anxiously waiting to find out if they are getting a scholarship at moving up day.

Two scholarships are in Kyle’s honor. The first goes to Garrett Selover, who plans to follow in Kyle’s footsteps and study criminal justice.

“I’m incredibly honored to receive this scholarship and I think it’s an amazing experience to be able to win this scholarship and use it for my education in criminal justice,” Selover said.

The second one has a bit of personal connection. The recipient is Emme Foote.

Last January, Kristen, Emme’s mom, had a stroke and Rick Schneider, Kyle’s dad, was Kristen’s CT tech, finding her blood clot.

“I just want to say thank you. It’s like an angel. Did you know the applications come in anonymous, we had no idea who they even submitted them and when we got word and when we got word, we were so touched.” 

Emme Foote said, “It’s so overwhelming the fact that my family is so connected to this family and they were able to give me something so big and help my mom. It’s amazing.”

Perhaps you can say this moment is all happenstance. Or maybe it’s Kyle looking down from above, continuing to shine his light and love.

Corporal Kyle Schneider’s memory also lives on through his foundation that helps servicemen and women, veterans and their families.

Corporal Kyle Schneider was honored during Sunday’s running of the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Driver Landon Cassill drove a car which featured the Marine’s name.

To learn more about Kyle or his foundation, visit www.cplkyleschneider.com.

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