Every once in a while we get an opportunity in our lives to meet someone that will never be forgotten, that you want to hug and say thank you again again and again, and yet know it’s never going to be enough. Our chance was last week, when my oldest son and I were able to meet Brevard County Sheriff’s new Deputy, Robert Smith.
Smith, a 27 year old Deputy who was born in raised in Cocoa made a decision after 9/11 to join the Marines, He would have been 14 when that horrendous day occurred. Smith always knew he wanted to be in Law Enforcement, and thought the experience in the Military would help achieve his goals.
After his first tour he returns home and marries his love, whom must be super special, as eyes light up when he talks about her, and his children.
He goes back for his second tour, and the unthinkable happens: As found at www.chinaview.cn
|Special report: Tension escalates in Iraq
FALLUJAH, Iraq, May 23 (Xinhua) — A roadside bomb on Friday struck a dismounted joint patrol of U.S. troops and Iraqi police in the city of Fallujah in Anbar province, killing one interpreter and wounding two Iraqi policemen, a provincial police source said.
The bomb detonated in the morning when U.S. troops and Iraqi police were on foot patrol in the al-Azraggiya neighborhood in northern Fallujah, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
It was unclear whether any U.S. soldier was killed or wounded by the attack as the troops immediately cordoned off the scene, allowing a U.S. helicopter to evacuate the casualties, the source said.
The U.S. military has not confirmed the incident yet.
Fallujah, some 50 km west of Baghdad, has been relatively calm for more than a year since Sunni tribes and anti-U.S. insurgent groups turn up against al-Qaida network in Iraq, cooperating with the U.S. troops and Iraqi security forces.
Rifts emerged between predominant Sunni insurgent groups and the al-Qaida after the latter adopted a hardline and exercised indiscriminate killings against both Shiite and Sunni Muslim communities.
Six U.S. marines were wounded and their Arabic-speaking interpreter was killed when a roadside bomb exploded near their patrol in Falluja, 50 km (32 miles) west of Baghdad, the U.S. military said.
A roadside bomb exploded in Falluja when Iraqi police tried to safely dispose of it, the U.S. military said. The blast wounded two policemen.
One of those injured was Robert Smith, a four year Marine Veteran lost his leg.After being in several hospitals, he went through rehabilitation at Walter Reed.
We asked Smith:”What kept you going?” “My desire to get up and walk again.” he said proudly. Smith then started researching and found another amputee in Louisville, Kentucky whom is also in Law Enforcement. The decision was made that he was going to pursue his dreams of being a Law Enforcement Officer.
Working out daily and practicing sprints, helped him meet his goal, and he was able to easily pass the required Physical Assessment Test required by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office. In fact, Smith completed the test in less than four minutes.
Smith is a member of the Wounded Warrior Project and is able to help other Veteran’s who are in Smith’s situation. For such a short time on this earth, Smith has faced challenges that many never will. He has served our country, and has more than proven himself that he represents the Constitution, and the rights in which our country was founded.
His current goals are to have a successful career within the Sheriff’s Department. He is a winner, and a fighter, and ironically, has the “look” of a law enforcement officer. It is easily seen that he is right where he wants to be and is goal driven.
“If life was easy, it would be pointless.” said Smith.Such a profound statement, which is the advice he said he often gives to others.
Brevard county, it is now that I ask you to please welcome with open arms a wonderful young man, and an asset to the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office; Deputy Smith. May God continue to Bless him and his family.
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