Shelter Island ferry renamed for fallen soldier

The Southern Cross ferry at the East End was renamed Saturday for a local soldier who was killed in Afghanistan.

Lt. Joseph Theinert made a name for himself as a good ferry worker on Shelter Island before enlisting in the military. On June 4, the 24-year-old lost his life in an IED explosion.

Theinert's grieving family sat in the front row at the rededication ceremony and looked on as the Southern Cross ferry was officially renamed the Lt. Joe Theinert ferry.

"We were overwhelmed and honored that they were doing this in Joe's memory," says Theinert's mother, Chris Kestler.

The state Legislature also approved the renaming of a portion of Route 114 on Shelter Island after Theinert.

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