Friday, July 25, 2008

Above and beyond the call



Since we had an electrician schedule for Friday to install a ceiling fan above our dining table, I thought we should probably go buy one. While at Lowe's I was looking for the required bulbs for the fan light but the shelf was bare except way at the back, like 6' back, on the 3rd shelf up. A young fellow came around the corner wearing a 'Lowe's' vest so I asked if he could help us. Well he cleared off a bunch of other bulbs, then climbed up and crawled on his stomach back the wire rack and got the box of 60W that I needed.

When he got down, he rubbed his chest and said he had his dog tags under his shirt and he must have laid on them as he was crawling.

So let me introduce Greg. He is in the Oregon Army National Guard, 162nd Combat Engineers. They are headed out this weekend to fight forest fires in northern CA. And they leave in January for Iraq. He said he volunteered.

Most Americans, no matter their opinions or feelings about this war, support our troups. I told you I would pray for you, Greg, and I will. For your safety, to return home intact. Thank you for choosing to serve. Thank you for fighting the forest fires. And thank you for the light bulbs!!

14 comments:

Pam Hawk said...

What a great guy.
And let's all hope he comes home from both places safe and sound.

Abraham Lincoln said...

Nice to meet you Greg. I wish you well in what you do.

I think this is a really nice photograph of a special person.

Have a nice weekend.

Abraham Lincoln
—Brookville Daily Photo

Jim said...

Great photo today. Greg, if you read this, thanks for serving.

Kris McCracken said...

First, my apologies for a bit of cut and paste commenting. I have been doing the rounds via Bloglines and looking at all the pictures from my favourite photo blogs, but haven’t been leaving comments. Generally, I try to comment as much as I can (I know how good it is for ‘morale’ to know that someone is out there appreciating them), but after the birth of my second son, I am a bit knackered to think up something witty and insightful on the hop. Thus the resort to Control+C and Control+P!

Kris from Hobart, Tasmania.

Hilda said...

I'll be praying for him too—that he be kept safe from the fires and especially Iraq.

Strangetastes said...

I love candid portraits and this is a very nice one. Lots of personality. Surprisingly, Lowes' warehouse liting works pretty well.

Blognote said...

You did well presenting Greg to us, Jill! Let's hope he will return home safely.

My Left Nut said...

Greg, I want to thank you for the pride that you give us as Americans. Please know that, as Americans, we support our troops no matter what our feelings are about the situation in Iraq. Keep your head down and come back safely.

Hendrawan said...

I like his smile...

Jan said...

The Lord Bless you always Greg!

Bibi said...

What a lovely post you made today, dedicated to Greg. What a sweetie, and I pray for him too.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Yes, we tried some "strange food," but I think it was a mistranslation to mean something out of the ordinary... and it was good!

Petrea said...

Jill, you got it right. I don't have to support the war to put my full support behind Greg and others like him. What a guy! Bless you, Greg. Stay safe and come back soon.

Lynette said...

Wonderful post, all around, Jill, from the photos to the story. Everyone will be praying for Greg and the others who serve.

Laurie said...

What a great post...such a sweet and brave young man, just like many others who I keep in my prayers for their safety and protection. God bless you for sharing this inspiring story!