Murrayhill Little League

MHLL Baseball Heroes - Andrew Keller

Murrayhill Little League is proud to honor one of our community's true heroes, PFC Andrew J. Keller.

Andrew was a 2008 graduate of Southridge High School, where he excelled in Football and Baseball. He was voted football Team Captain and Most Valuable Player by his team mates his senior year. Following his senior year, he was selected to play in the Les Schwab Bowl for the North Squad.

After high school, Andrew attended college for two years. It was during this time that Andrew made the decision to join the United States Army. In a letter to his mom before he left, Andrew wrote "…isn't that what life is about? Making the ultimate sacrifice for that small chance of making a difference in somebodies life."

Andrew left for Basic Training at Fort Benning, Georgia on March 15th, 2011, and graduated from Airborne School at the top of his class on August 13th, 2011. Andrew's first duty station was in Vicenza, Italy, home of the prestigious 173rd Airborne Combat Team.

Andrew was deployed with his team to Charkh, Afghanistan on July 14th, 2012. He was killed in action on August 15th, 2012, and laid to rest at Willamette National Cemetery on August 25th, 2012.

Andrew's legacy lives on in the many lives he has touched and continues to touch through the Southridge Community Plaza, Andrew Keller Memorial Scholarship Fund through MHLL and the Andrew Keller Leadership Award given to the Southridge High School football player who most closely demonstrates the commitment, drive and passion by which Andrew lived his life.

Andrew is an amazing example of what our young people have inside them. He was confident, but humble. He was fiercely loyal to his family and friends. He was passionate about life and making a difference. He did make a difference in so many lives, and continues to do so today.

Gone, but NEVER Forgotten! God Bless our Servicemen and women!

His father Jeff and longtime MHLL coach said this of Andrew on behalf of the family, "He is our son and our hero! We love you buddy!"