Reitz High School

Reitz High School
Evansville, IN

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Heroes, They Live Among Us

Michael Tron, Air Force '52-56
Victor Yoak, Navy WWII
For those of you that regularly read my blog, I promise that I will get back to the fourth part of the eLearning coach series very soon. A movie and a visit from a friend that is a retired Indiana State Police detective have really motivated me to put out this post today. 

Joe Rhodes, Ret. ISP
 I believe that I mentioned in an earlier post that one of my hobbies is the collection of military, police, and firefighter uniforms and memorabilia. My collection includes photos of family members and friends that have served or that are currently serving in each of those professions. I call the wall they are hanging on The Wall of Heroes. I admire the courage that each of these people have. The concept that they are willing to risk their lives for others, including me, is very humbling. What is most amazing is that these folks don't usually see themselves as anyone special, but to me they are America's true heroes. I believe that I am one of America's biggest patriots. I am dedicated to the honoring of the people of service. 

Bob Vowel, Ret. Fire Chief
Over the weekend I watched the HBO movie called Taking Chance. It is the true story of a US Marine named Chance Phelps that was killed in Iraq. Lt. Colonel Mike Strobl, played by Kevin Bacon, is a marine officer and Desert Storm veteran that has chosen not to go on another combat tour because of his young family. Instead, he joins the military personnel group that volunteers for escort duty. The movie follows Strobl's week-long trip accompanying Phelps' body from a Delaware military mortuary to the burial spot in his hometown in Wyoming. The movie is very well done and extremely moving. There are no political views or issues about the Iraq war. It is simply a tribute to the dedication and professionalism of our military, as well as the pain and suffering a family experiences with the death of a fallen warrior. I checked the DVD out at the public library. If you can find a copy of it, I highly recommend watching it. 

Tim Alford, EPD

 After I watched the movie, it made me think again about all of the American people across this country and around the world risking it all daily in the line of duty. These are the people who are dedicated to keeping our country, cities, towns, highways, and neighborhoods safe. At church, I work with a retired fire chief. I teach with the wives of city and county policemen. A retired state police detective that served for 32 years on the force lives down the street. My great uncle and my wife's grandfather served in WWII. My father and his brothers served in the Korean conflict. I have a cousin and a friend that served in Desert Storm. Many of my former students are in these positions now. They live among us. If you know of anyone that has served as a marine, soldier, airman, sailor, police officer, firefighter, or emergency medical service worker, please take the time to thank them and give them the respect and dignity that they deserve.

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