Read Stephanie Cross’s tribute to her dad, Ronald Hughes who taught her to love life, give back, and serve others in “Patriots of Courage, Tributes to First Responders”

Memorializing your Dad is something no little girl is ever prepared to do, but like others who serve selflessly, my Dad deserves it.  I hope this lump in my throat does not obstruct his story or my words. Dad took interest in being on the local Colebrook, New...

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Read Rose Lees’ tribute to Matthew Fayette, her brother-in-law who had a tremendous impact on her life in “Patriots of Courage, Tributes to First Responders”

Matthew Fayette is a man that is filled to the brim with courage, leadership, and loyalty. I am so very thankful that he has become a leading influence in my life. His kind, protecting, patriotic, and tenacious personality has carried him far through life.  When he...

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Read Ron Darling’s tribute to Rudy, his Best Friend and Father In Law for over 42 years in “Patriots of Courage, Tributes to First Responders”

An 18 year old boy from Thomas Idaho, drafted in 1944 leaves basic training and steps off the bus in New York City. Rulon Grant Van Orden, known as Rudy, had never seen anything like this.  Two days later after buying souvenirs for his family, that the stores never...

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Calling Car 51, Callling Car 51…read Paula Schleppi’s Unforgettable tribute to Sergeant Roger L. Sluder Sr. in “Patriots of Courage, Tributes to First Responders”

Then there was the CB Ringing out morning, noon & night I remember many plights But the one so chilling always would be The one we hated hearing “Calling car 51” “Calling car 51” He was a son, a brother, a friend, an uncle, a husband, a father, a grandfather.  But...

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Read how Michael Potorti was suppose to be into work at the Twin Towers on 9/11/2001 and how his life changed in “Patriots of Courage, Tributes to First Responders”

"Next day the world changed. I decided not to go into the office that day and prepare for a training I had to teach in Atlanta the following week. I went into the gym in the morning and heard the radio announcer say that a plane flew into one of the Twin Towers....

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