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June 30, 2012

Bashar Al-Assad - the Murderer of Syria

Bashar Al-Assad, the
serial killer with a
Government job. 
The United Nations has determined that a peace process for the turmoil and death in Syria should include a transitional government, that would include members of the current government and the opposition.

This peace initiative will go nowhere as the U.S.A. says that Al-Assad has to leave Syria. 

Russia, says "Duh? What's the issue with Bashar?" What's the problem? He's just fine." 

In the past year or so, 14,000 Syrians have been killed by the Henchmen of Bashar Al-Assad.

Syria - day after day.  No one intercedes.
In the past week, images were posted to the Internet of old men and old women and infant children shot in the head by other Syrians who either support Bashar Al-Assad or who are in his employ and are paid to murder.  

How do these henchmen live with themselves after they have put a bullet in the head of a child or slit the throats of old women and infants? 

Al-Assad says that he is fighting terrorism. How are infants and 70 year olds terrorists? 
Jesus, ask your Father
for mercy for Syria

This freak has reportedly already sent off $6 billion U.S. to Russia that he has stolen from the Syrian people. This is his "nest egg" in case the shit really hits the fan and he has to escape from Syria. 

Jesus, pray that he leaves Syria. Every day that he remains in power, means needless deaths of innocents.

God help us. Do not abandon us to Dictators who kill us.

Jesus, Mary and all saints and all angels pray for peace in Syria. 

Pray for the liberation of Syria. Amen.

Bill Ervin - Good Samaritan - Texas

William Ervin, age 34, died on June 25, 2012, in Austin Texas. 

William was known as Bill to his family and friends. 

Bill had pulled over to the side of the road at 12:20 a.m. to help a stalled driver. The driver of the car then shot and killed Bill. Darius Lovings, age 27, had already tried to shoot one man on a back road in North Austin while acting stranded, but the gun did not go off when he pulled the trigger. Police caught up with Darius Lovings a few hours later after he went on a crime spree. Lovings confessed to killing Bill Ervin and said the voices in his head told him to do it. 

Darius Lovings is charged with capital murder, aggravated robbery and aggravated assault.

Jesus, pray for Bill and for
his loved ones who have
lost him
Bill worked three to four jobs to make ends meet. He drove a Swanson's truck, a limo, picked up extra shifts at a hotel, along with his main computer job at the Department of Public Safety. 

He graduated from Hallsville High School in 1996. He attended Texas State University in San Marcos, where he earned his B.A. in Graphic Design. 

Family members describe Bill as a good guy, kind, an accomplished artist and a great father. He is also described as humble. 

Bill is survived by many loving friends and relatives including father, Billy Joe Ervin; his siblings, Eardis Ervin, Andrea Sanders, Benisha Blake, Tonya Rison, and Ishan Rison; his wife Rachael; their daughter Fallon; and an unborn child on the way. Bill was predeceased by his mother, Mona. 

Pray for all who die while coming to the aid of others. 

God save us from the Lost Ones who stalk the Earth, bringing death to strangers. 

Let us pray that Bill Ervin is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Charles Wilson - Firefighter - Virginia

Firefighter Charles Dwain Wilson, age 21, of Bumpass, Virginia, died on June 28, 2012, in Louisa County, Virginia.

Charles was a member of the Louisa County Fire Department. He was known as Charlie to many of his friends. 

He was driving a pickup truck on the way to work, when he ran off of the side of the road and struck a tree. He was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. He was flown to the University of Virginia Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.
Saint Florian, Patron
Saint of Firefighters,
pray for Charlie.
Pray that he is in Heaven.

Charles started as a part-time firefighter with the county in 2009 and became full-time in August of 2010. 

When he was an Eagle Scout, he received a youth volunteer of the year recognition in 2008. He also received the Above and Beyond recognition from the Richmond Ambulance Authority.

Fire Department officials describe Charlie as a gentle giant who always wore a smile. He is also described as kind, professional and a team player. 

Pray for the 21 years old who die tragically. Yesterday, they were just boys. 

Let us pray that Charles Wilson is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen. 

Michael Strachota

Sgt. Michael Strachota, age 28, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, died on June 24, 2012, in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.

He was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, and assigned to the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary). 

It has been reported that his death was due to an explosion due to a road accident. The military has not released information as of this posting. 

Michael was due to return home this week for 2 weeks after spending 9 months in Afghanistan. 
Saint Bernadette of Lourdes,
Beloved Sister,
pray for Michael and for
his son, who has lost
his father.

Michael joined the military in 2007. He had previously served a tour of duty in Iraq. 

Family members describe Michael as a good person, a good husband and a devoted father, who will be forever missed. He is also described as generous, friendly and kind-hearted. 

Michael is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his mother, Linda Baxter; his father, Patrick Strachota; his wife Lauren Strachota and his young son, Will Strachota.

Let us pray that Michael Strachota is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.


Robert Massarelli

Staff Sgt. Robert A. Massarelli, age 32, of Ohio, died on June 24, 2012, in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. 

It has been reported that Robert's vehicle struck an improvised explosive device, but this has not been confirmed by the military as of this posting.

He was assigned to the US Army's 96th Transportation Company out of Fort Hood, Texas. 

Robert was known as Bobby to his family and friends. 
Gabriel, Archangel, pray for Bobby

He graduated from East Kentwood High School in Michigan, in 1998 prior to joining the Army. He left the military in July of 2001, but rejoined a few years later. 

He had served 3 tours of duty in Iraq before his current tour of duty in Afghanistan. 

Family members describe him as fun loving, focused and patriotic. 

Military comrades stated that Robert helped keep them sane and that he was a soldier among soldiers. 

Robert is survived by many loving friends and family members including his parents, Pat and Mary Massarelli; and his brothers Michael and Benjamin.

Let us pray that Robert Massarelli is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

James Skalberg Jr.

Sgt. James L. Skalberg Jr., age 25, of Cullman, Alabama, died on June 27, 2012, in Maidan Shahr, Wardak Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device.

He was assigned to 4th Battalion, 1st Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas. 

He was known as "Jamie" to his family and friends. 

Jamie graduated from Nishna Valley High School in 2005 and attended Peru State College in Peru, Nebraska. He joined the Army in 2007.

Father, place Jamie on the
Road to Heaven
High school officials stated that Jamie loved to have fun and was a leader on his school football and basketball teams. He is also described as caring.

Family members describe him as a loving, good-hearted man.

Jamie is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his parents; his sister; his wife, Jessica; and his infant son, Carter. 

Let us pray that James Skalberg Jr. is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Stephen Chase Prasnicki

1st Lt. Stephen Chase Prasnicki, age 24, of Lexington, Virginia, died on June 27, 2012, in Maidan Shahr, Wardak Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device.

He was assigned to 4th Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Warner Barracks, Bamberg, Germany.

Chase attended Rockbridge County High School where he excelled at football. He also played football at West Point and graduated from there in 2010. 

Father, place Chase on the
Stairway to Heaven
He had only been in Afghanistan for 3 days before he was killed. He had volunteered for a patrol which struck an explosive device. 

Friends describe Chase as disciplined, a leader and as the ultimate team player.

Chase is survived by many loving friends and relatives, including his father, David; mother, Debbie; sister, Lauren; brother, Tyler; and his wife, Emily Nichols. 

Let us pray that Chase Prasnicki is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

June 28, 2012

Giuseppe Puglisi

Pope Benedict on June 28, 2012, stated that Father Giuseppe "Pino" Puglisi, was killed in the hatred of the Faith.

This means that Pino Puglisi may be fast tracked to beatification. 

Giuseppe Puglisi was a popular Catholic Priest in Palermo, Sicily, Italy, who was killed by the Mafia in 1993. 

He was shot dead outside of his home.  He was killed on his 56th birthday.  Six men were sentenced to life in prison for his murder. 

Jesus, pray for Giuseppe
Puglisi
Giuseppe Puglisi was a vocal spokesman against the Mafia. He opened a shelter for underprivileged children. 

He asked his parishioners to stand against the Mafia and to give leads to the Police about Mafia activity. 

He asked young men to become educated, to not do drugs, and to not be involved in Mafia robberies. The Mafia were not happy with Giuseppe Puglisi.  They didn't want his interference in their criminal activities. 

Father Puglisi often said publicy - "And what if somebody did something?"  Which has become a slogan for anti-crime and anti-Mafia activists in Italy. 

Pray for those who stand up against injustice.  Amen

Pray that Giuseppe Puglisi is in Heaven. Amen


Lucie Aylwin and Dolores Perizzolo - Elliot Lake, Canada

Lucie Aylwin, age 37, and Dolores Perizzolo, age 70, died on June 23, 2012, in Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada.

The roof of the Algo Centre Shopping Mall collapsed. These women were killed by falling debris. 

Elliot Lake, Ontario - Mall collapse
Elliot Lake is a town about 160 kilometers west of Sudbury, Ontario. It has a population of 11,500. 

Lucie was working as a Lottery Kiosk salesperson. Dolores was her customer at the time of the roof collapse. 
Lucie Aylwin

Lucie had taken on a part-time mall job to save money for her upcoming wedding. Lucie is described as a good-hearted woman who was always willing to help out others. 

Lucie is survived by many loving friends and relatives including her fiancé, Gary Gendron.

Dolores Perizzolo worked at a hospital until she retired. Her husband died last year. Dolores was known for frequently purchasing lotto tickets. 

Dolores is survived by many loving friends and relatives including her two daughters.

Jesus, pray for Lucie and Dolores
Residents of Elliot Lake are questioning why this aging mall complex always passed structural tests by local inspectors and government officials. They also question why cars were allowed to park on the roof of this structure when the roof was visibly cracked and deteriorating.

Pray for all who die suddenly. Tragically, they are with us one moment and gone the next. 

Let us pray that Lucie Aylwin is in heaven. Let us pray that she is at peace and is with God. Amen. 

Let us pray that Dolores Perizzolo is in heaven. Let us pray that she is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Juan Legaretta - Law Enforcement - Oklahoma

Officer Juan Legaretta, age 27, died on June 27, 2012, in Oklahoma.

He was a member of the Jenks Police Department in Oklahoma. 

On June 26, 2012, Juan was in Oklahoma City with a small group of men seeking employment with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Narcotics. He was performing a physical endurance test as a part of his job application.

He started feeling ill at 10 a.m. and was transported to a local hospital. He died the next day. 

Juan was a U.S. Army veteran who had served two tours in Iraq. 

Friends describe Juan as a fit and healthy man. He is also described as an amazing man. 

Juan is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his wife. He had only gotten married recently. 

Light a candle for Juan.
Light his way to Heaven.
It is unsure if this tragedy occurred because of a pre-existing, unknown medical condition or because of the heat in Oklahoma City on the day of this test. 

It may be advisable for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Narcotics to not conduct physical endurance tests in 105 degree temperatures.   What was the purpose of this test?  To prove that a man could conduct a drug raid in an Easy-Bake Oven?

Pray for all who die young and suddenly. They are with us one moment and gone the next.

Let us pray that Juan Legaretta is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Victor Soto-Velez - Law Enforcement - Puerto Rico

Agent Victor Manuel Soto-Velez, age 37, died on June 26, 2012, in Camuy, Puerto Rico.

Victor was a member of the Puerto Rico Police Department. He had 13 years of service.

Victor was shot and killed from ambush on a highway in Camuy, while driving to his home while off duty.

Occupants of another vehicle intercepted him and opened fire at his car, firing at least 15 rounds into his vehicle before fleeing. Despite being severely wounded, Agent Solo-Velez was able to provide a description of the vehicle. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds. The suspect vehicle was found fully engulfed in flames a short time later and the suspects remain at large.
Michael, Archangel, Patron Saint
of the Police, pray for Victor

It is believed that Victor was specifically targeted due to his work as a narcotics agent in the Division of Drugs in Arecibo.

Victor is survived by many loving friends and relatives including two daughters, aged 19 and 10.

Pray for all who die as a result of the performance of their duties. 

Let us pray that Victor Soto-Velez is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Matthew Leach

Staff Sgt. Matthew J. Leach, age 29, of Ferndale, Michigan, died on June 26, 2012, in Kandahar, Afghanistan. 

He was assigned to the 1/334th Regiment, 1st Brigade, 104th Training Division (Leader Training), Fraser, Michigan. 

Matthew was found unconscious on the floor of the facility where he was stationed and did not recover. 

Jesus, pray for Matt and
for his son, who has lost his
father.
He joined the military in 2003 and served on active duty until 2008, including two tours in Iraq - one from 2005 to 2006 and another from 2007 to 2008. He then went into the Army Reserves and this was his first deployment from the Reserves.

Matthew is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his wife and son who is less than a year old.

Pray for those who die young and suddenly.  They are with us one moment and gone the next.

Let us pray that Matthew Leach is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

June 26, 2012

Looking at the faces of those killed in War

Every time we do a post to this blog, about a deceased soldier, we look at their faces and ...we weep. 
Weeping for the
men who died
in War yesterday
and who will die tomorrow

These men are young and handsome and dead. 

Every death in War is a tragedy of unspeakable proportions. It is painful beyond description. 

Father, see our tears.
Give us peace. 
God gives us free will to do the right thing but we do the wrong thing. God wants us to step up and to be honest, and true and to act like human beings instead of like Neanderthals.  He wants Eden again, but we refuse to do it. 

We continue to slaughter our own kind. We are like guppies who eat their own young.  We do War.  We don't do Peace. Every day, thousands of people die in conflict or as a result of conflict.  

Pray unceasingly unto God for peace.  Ask God for mercy. 

Ask Jesus to pray to his Father for peace. 

Ask the angels and the saints to pray to the Father for justice. Amen. 

Tanya Nepinak, Carolyn Sinclair, Lorna Blacksmith - Winnipeg

Three Aboriginal women from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, have been found dead in the past 12 months. 

Carolyn Sinclair, age 25, was found dead in March of 2012, in a Dumpster in a back lane in Winnipeg.

Lorna Blacksmith, age 18, was killed on or about January 12, 2012. Her body was discovered near a dumpster in Winnipeg (wrapped in plastic). 

Tanya Nepinak, age 31, died on or about September 13, 2011. Her body has not been found. 

Tanya Nepinak (Left), Carolyn Sinclair (mid), Lorna Blacksmith (right)
Shawn Lamb, age 51, of Winnipeg, has been accused of the murder of these 3 women.  At this point in time, he is only an "alleged" killer.  He has not been convicted of any of these crimes. 
Shawn Lamb

Shawn Lamb is an Aboriginal. He was given up, as a child,  to non-Aboriginal caregivers where he suffered physical, emotional and sexual abuse.

He has had 109 previous criminal convictions dating back to 1979, in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia and Manitoba. His life has been a series of crimes, one after another. Robbery, sexual assault and everything in between. He has spent 30 years or so in custody. 
Angels of God, pray for
Tanya, Carolyn and Lorna.
Pray that they are at peace
and that they
are with God in Heaven. 

Many of us in this world, of all ethnic and racial origins, have experienced childhood abuse and neglect. We do not all become serial killers. We do not take the lives of others to satisfy some bizarre emotional or sexual need. 

Pray for Tanya Nepinak, and Carolyn Sinclair and Lorna Blacksmith. 

Pray that these women are in Heaven. Pray that they are at peace and that they are with God. Amen.

God save us from the Lost Ones who stalk the Earth, bringing death to others.  Amen. 

Manuele Braj

Italian Military Policeman Lance Corporal Manuele Braj, age 30, of Collepasso, Italy, died on June 25, 2012, in Herat Province, Afghanistan. 

Jesus, pray for Manuele
and for his son, who has lost
his father
He was fatally injured by an explosion. It is not determined as of this posting, if this explosion was due to an accident on the base or was an insurgent attack. 

Manuele was a military policeman who was involved with training Afghan Police Officers. 

Manuele is described by the Italian Government as a young and valiant soldier.

Manuele is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his parents, and his wife, Federica and his infant son.

Let us pray that Manuele Braj is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Niall Coti-Sears

Lance Cpl. Niall W. Coti-Sears, age 23, of Arlington, Virginia, died on June 23, 2012, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. 

He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, California. 

Niall joined the Marine Corps at the end of 2008. He was on his first deployment to Afghanistan. 

Family members describe Niall as a talented musician and a good person. 

Friends describe him as having a sweet soul. He will be greatly missed. 

His military awards and decorations include the Purple Heart Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

Angels of God, pray for Niall.
Niall is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his mother and his grandparents, William and Mary Coti, who have lost their beloved grandson.

Let us pray that Niall Coti-Sears is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Celena Hollis - Law Enforcement - Colorado

Police Officer Celena Hollis, age 32, died in the line of duty on June 24, 2012, in Denver, Colorado.

She was a member of the Denver Police Department. She had 7 years of service with the Department. Previously she had served with the Detroit Police Department for 4 years. 

Celena was shot and killed while attempting to break up a fight at a jazz festival in Denver's City Park shortly after 8:00 pm. Two groups of people had begun to fight and Officer Hollis intervened, attempting to stop the fight. One of the subjects involved in the fight opened fire with a handgun, striking Officer Hollis in the head. She was transported to a local hospital where she succumbed to her wounds.
Michael, Archangel, Patron
Saint of the Police, pray for
Celena and for her daughter
who has lost her mother.

One subject was taken into custody at the scene and held on suspicion of first degree murder.

Celena had been the president of the Denver Black Police Officers Organization. 

Police Officials stated that "There was a tragic event last night and a beautiful young, single mother and a valuable member of the Denver Police Department lost her life." Others describe Celena as a dedicated Police Officer. 

Celena is survived by many loving friends and relatives including her parents; her sister; and her daughter. 

Pray for all who die in the line of duty. 

Let us pray that Celena Hollis is in heaven. Let us pray that she is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Hunter Hogan

Lance Cpl. Hunter D. Hogan, age 21, of Norman, Indiana, died on June 23, 2012, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. 

He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. 

Hunter graduated from Brownstone Central High School in 2009. 

Pray for Hunter.
Pray that he is in Heaven.
He had been a rodeo rider as he was growing up. 

Friends stated that Hunter had always wanted to join the Military. 

Hunter is survived by many loving friends and relatives. 

Pray for the 21 year olds who die in war. Yesterday, they were just boys. 

Let us pray that Hunter Hogan is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Steven Stevens II

Pfc. Steven P. Stevens II, age 23, of Tallahassee, Florida, died on June 22, 2012, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was hit by shrapnel from a grenade. 

He was assigned to 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. 

Steven grew up in northwest Detroit, attended Cass Technical High School and went to Florida A&M University on a swimming scholarship, where he excelled at many swimming endeavors. 

Angels of God, pray for
Steven and for his son who
will never know his father
After two years of college, Stevens joined the Marines to serve his country. He had been deployed to Afghanistan on March 21, 2012. He was scheduled to return home in October of 2012.

His son was born on March 29, 2012. Steven never met his child but he did see his son on the Internet by way of Skype. 

Fellow Baptist Church members describe Steven as a polite, quiet young man who loved his family very much and who was committed to the service of his country. 

Steven is survived by many loving friends and relatives, including his parents Lois and Steve Stevens; his wife, Monique and their infant son, Kairo. 

Let us pray that Steven Stevens II is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Paul Voelke

Maj. Paul C. Voelke, age 36, of Monroe, New York, died on June 22, 2012, in Mazar E. Sharif, Afghanistan, of non-combat related injuries.

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia. 

Paul graduated from West Point in 1998. He had served in the Army for 14 years. This was his first deployment to Afghanistan. He had served twice before in Iraq. 

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal. 

Saint Paul, pray
for Paul Voelke
Military personnel describe Paul as a patriot who wanted to serve his country and who did what he was asked to do. 

Paul had made a public statement several years ago on Veteran's Day to this effect: "I continue to serve because I believe in what I do, and I am honored to work with my fellow soldiers."

Paul is survived by many loving friends and relatives, including his parents; and his wife, Traci, and his sons, Andrew and Benjamin.

Let us pray that Paul Voelke is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Eugene Mills III

Lance Cpl. Eugene C. Mills III, age 21, of Laurel, Maryland, died on June 22, 2012, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Eugene enlisted in the Marine Corps in June of 2008. This was his second deployment to Afghanistan. He had previously served there from September of 2010 to March of 2011. He was due to return home in about a month. 

Friends describe Eugene as a great kid who loved the military and who made an effort in everything he did. He is also described as polite, helpful, respectful and happy. 
Angels of God, pray for Eugene

Others describe him as a wonderful young man. 

Family members are devastated by his death and describe Eugene as a great kid who wanted to make a difference. 

Eugene is survived by many loving friends and relatives, including his mother, Theresa Mills; father Gene Mills; brother Jacob Mills; and stepmother, Melissa Mills.

Pray for the 21 year olds who die in War. Yesterday, they were just boys. 

Let us pray that Eugene Mills III is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

June 23, 2012

Jose Rodriguez

Sgt. Jose Rodriguez, age 22, of Gustine, California, died on June 19, 2012, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered from enemy, small arms fire.

He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

Jose entered the Army in August of 2008 and reported to Fort Benning, Georgia, for Initial Army Training, and Advanced Individual Training in Military Occupational Specialty 11B (Infantryman). Upon completion of AIT he reported to Joint Base Lewis-McChord in January of 2009.

Mary, pray for Jose
This was his second deployment to Afghanistan. His current deployment began in April of 2012.

His awards and decorations include Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon, NATO Medal, Certificate of Achievement, and Combat Infantry Badge.

Jose is survived by many loving friends and relatives.

Let us pray that Jose Rodriguez is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

June 22, 2012

Tom Boyle - Civilian Contractor - Afghanistan

Civilian Contractor Tom Boyle, age 62, of Barrington Hills, Illinois, died on June 18, 2012, in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. 

He was killed by insurgents. Tom was working as a civilian security consultant, training Afghan police officers. 

Tom had been a Marine and a Vietnam Veteran, who had earned the Cross of Gallantry. He had served the Chicago Police Department for 30 years and, upon retirement, went on to work for a private detective agency, and then as a security contractor overseas. In addition to the time he served in Afghanistan, Tom Boyle also served in Kosovo and Iraq, where he provided security and training in law enforcement.

Light a candle for Tom.
Light his way to Heaven.
Family members describe Tom as a serious man with a sense of humor, who always tried to make a difference in society whether as a Marine or a police officer or as a civilian contractor. He is also described as a patriot who loved his country. 

Friends have stated that Tom was a great guy and a professional, who will be greatly missed. 

Pauline, Tom's wife, said that after he retired from the Police Force, he wanted to do something that would make a difference in this world. 

Tom is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his wife, Pauline; and his son, Ryan and daughter-in-law, Andrea. Tom was predeceased by both of his parents. 

Let us pray that Tom Boyle is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Nick Hall - National Park Service Ranger - Washington

National Park Service Ranger Nick Hall, age 34, died in the line of duty on June 21, 2012, at Mount Ranier, Washington.

Nick was on Mount Ranier's northeast side at about 13,700 feet, participating in a rescue operation. He was helping mountain climbers in distress who were being evacuated by helicopter. While helping to evacuate the climbers into the helicopter, Nick slipped and fell, sliding more than 1/2 mile down the mountainside.

Climbers reached Nick several hours after the incident and found him to be deceased at the scene.

Nick was a native of Patten, Maine and was a former Marine Sergeant. He had previously worked as an avalanche forecaster at Yellowstone National Park. He was a 4 year veteran of Mount Ranier's climbing program. 

Angels of God, pray for Nick
Family members stated that Nick comes from a family of Emergency Medical Technicians who aided soldiers in Iraq and car crash victims in Maine. He loved the outdoors and the wilderness.

Nick is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his father, Carter Hall; and his brother, Aaron Hall. Nick was not married and had no children.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty. 

Pray for those who die while coming to the aid of others. They are the true heroes in this world. They risk their lives quietly and daily and without fanfare. Often their heroism goes unnoticed. 

Let us pray that Nick Hall is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.