When Andrew Quasnitschka hurt his shoulder during his junior season on the Lake Region High School football team, he could have called it quits, could have packed up his things and waited to heal for his senior year.
But instead, said his coach, Chuck Hamaty, Quasnitschka stayed with the team as a manager, a testament to his dedication to the team and his friends.
“There was a two-way starter, lugging balls and doing laundry. He did that with the enthusiasm that he played,” said Hamaty.
Quasnitschka, a 2006 graduate from Bridgton, died unexpectedly in Texas on April 1, 2009 in a single-car accident just outside of San Antonio, Texas, where he was receiving treatment for injuries suffered in Iraq. A lance corporal and machine gunner in the U.S. Marine Corps, Quasnitschka was 21.
Andrew was born in Hartford, Conn., on Jan. 26, 1988, and raised in East Lyme, Conn. and Bridgton. He graduated from Lake Region High School in 2006 and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He proudly served his country in Iraq as a machine gunner. Andrew is survived by his mother, Linda Quasnitschka Grinnell and step-father, Gregory Grinnell of Bridgton; his four siblings, Julie Quasnitschka and her fiancé Mitchell Wark of Old Town, Edward Quasnitschka, Nicholas Quasnitschka and Greg Grinnell of Bridgton.
Andrew joined the service after the events of September 11. This is how he lived his life. He always looked after those who were picked on or bullied. He joined the Marine Corps because they were “Badass” and “First to Fight”
Andrew lived hard and fast. He didn’t know the word quit. He would try things even at his own peril. It seemed fortunate that his family lived just a ¼ mile from the local hospital.
Andrews Stone was found at Montauk Beach in New York. Andrew loved the ocean and fishing. He would spend hours on end during family vacations fishing on the piers with the locals.
Andrew was loved and respected by all who knew him.
Watch this video to learn more about Andrew and prepare yourself to carry his stone for the hike and story for a lifetime and ensure Maine Heroes are NOT Forgotten.