Today I honor my father Ernie for his bravery during his time in the army, as dangerous events happen in peaceful times too. Forty-eight years ago this month, my dad ran to a crashed helicopter, pulling injured crew and passengers from the wreckage with no regard for his personal safety, even though fuel was pouring out and the helicopter could have exploded at any time. For his heroism he was awarded the Soldier’s Medal, which is the highest honor a soldier can receive for an act of valor in a non-combat situation. I am fortunate to still have him just a phone call away – my heart goes out to those that only have the memories of their heroes. He would never tell you this story but I am proud to honor his bravery.

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