Lauren Rich was only seven when her dad, an Indiana State Trooper, was killed in the line of duty in 2007. Master Trooper Dave Rich was investigating a stranded car when a man opened fire through the driver’s window, striking the unarmored officer in the chest.
His colleagues never forgot him or his little girl. That’s why 39 officers from six different departments descended on Southwood Junior-Senior High School to see Lauren graduate.
Sgt. Tony Slocum posted a photo of the men and their special graduate on Twitter saying “Congrats Lauren, we promise we will never forget your (family’s) sacrifice.”
She even got to wear a trooper hat.
Source: Fox 25 Boston
Roland Martineau was proud to graduate in the Class of 2018 at Leominster High School in Massachusetts this past weekend because it took him a long time to get that diploma.
Martineau was originally supposed to graduate in the Class of 1942, but duty called and ended up serving in the Navy’s Construction Battalion in World War II. The Seabee saw a lot of changes in his life over the years; getting married, having children, grand children and even has a great-great grandchild on the way, but he always had one regret.
One day, Martineau confided to his barber Donna Salvi that he wished he had graduated high school. Naturally, she got to work and made it happen. That’s why the 94-year-old took the stage to a standing ovation. He even got to speak and chose to give advice to the class instead of a long speech.
"They should be grateful they were able to finish high school," Martineau said. "I wish them well."
Source: CBS News
Brinley Williams of Hugo, Oklahoma never forgot the gift she got as she battled a kidney problem she was born with. The six-year-old ended up in the hospital last July and someone gave her a doll. It helped her get through.
That’s why Brinley decided to pay it forward by raising money to buy 15 American Girl dolls. The first 400 dollars came from her lemonade stand and the rest from her working for tips at a local restaurant to the tune of 15-hundred bucks. When the community caught on to what the girl was doing they were happy to pitch in for the cause.
The dolls will be hand delivered by the generous girl to sick children at St. Francis Children’s Hospital in Tulsa later this month.
Source: NBC New York