"Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country."---President John F. Kennedy
Start of World Series To Honor Veterans and their families:
For the third consecutive year, Major League Baseball will honor veterans and their families at the start of the World Series tomorrow. The activities will benefit "Welcome Back Veterans" and "Joining Forces". Fox will televise the first game beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Medal of Honor Recipients Gathered in Louisville, Ky:
On September 28, 2011, 54 of 85 living Medal of Honor recipients gathered in Louisville, KY, for the 2011 Congressional Medal of Honor Society Convention. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the award. To date, more than 3,465 medals have been awarded since 1861. Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer was the most recent recipient for heroic actions in Afghanistan.
Purple Heart Bestowed Almost 7 Decades Later:
Army veteran Jay Trimmer received his Purple Heart 67 years after suffering wounds on September 25, 1944, in Italy. (Army Times)
Boston Firefighter Catches 6 Year Old Boy From 3rd Floor Window:
Boston Fire Lt. Glenn McGillivray caught a 6 year old boy when the boy's grandparents were forced to drop their grandchild into the awaiting arms of McGillivray. "Thank God I caught him. I never had to do that before. I hope I never have to do it again," said McGillivray. The brutal fire destroyed 20 apartments. McGillivary said he's not a hero. To that boy and his family, he is. (CBS Boston)
Trial Set for Slaying of Philadelphia Police Officer:
This week, the trial for William Foster began for the killing of Philadelphia Police Sgt. Timothy Simpson. Foster, a known drug addict with an extensive criminal history, was fleeing police when he allegedly crashed his stolen vehicle into Sgt. Simpson's patrol car. Simpson, a married father of three, died from injuries he suffered in the crash. He was a 20 year veteran on the Force. Sgt. Simpson was the fourth Philadelphia officer to be killed on duty in 2008. (Philadelphia Daily News)
Two FDNY EMT's Save Man From Pitt Bull Attack:
EMT's Dewey Mendonca and Garfield Smyth were both awarded Liberty Medals this week. Last November 1, they came upon a pit bull attacking a man. The man was exhausted and suffered from deep bites and couldn't fight off the pit bull much longer. Witnesses stood there, too scared to assist the man. Both EMT's did not hesitate. They rushed in and held back the dog. The dog bit into Mendonca's arm. Smyth was able to scare the dog off by using a medical splint. The dog ran off. The EMT's then rushed the man to the hospital for treatment.(NY Post)