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Brandywood Apartments were torn down last year to make room for a new park in Pasadena, Texas. Several people think it would be a great idea (and honor) if this park were named after fallen officer, Jesse Hamilton. Jesse was killed in the line of duty on August, 21, 2009. Officer Early has a gun range named after him. Officer Ginn has "Jeff Ginn Memorial Drive" which leads to City Hall.
It would be a great honor for Officer Hamilton, his family and his fellow brothers in blue to have a park in such a visited area of our great city.
On 30 June 2009, then SPC Bowe Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Now SGT Bergdahl is the only American currently being held captive.
It is time to bring Bowe home!
I would like to recognize Victoria Soto as Hero of the Year for saving her children's lives. She made the ultimate sacrifice for her students as I believe any teacher in this country would do.
The 27-year-old teacher's name has been invoked again and again as a portrait of selflessness amid unfathomable evil. Those who knew her said they weren't surprised by reports she shielded her first-graders from danger by hiding them in a closet.
"We heard at one point that they found some people hiding in a closet, and all of us said Vicki would never be hiding in a closet. She would be out there protecting those babies," her mother, Donna Soto, told CBS' "This Morning."
Soto said her eldest daughter, who had two younger sisters and a brother, used to joke that she was "the perfect one" of the siblings. They got back by calling her "The Queen V."
"She was the best daughter any mother could ask for ... She loved her family more than anything. Teaching and her family was her life," Donna Soto said.
Photos of Victoria Soto show her always with a wide smile, in pictures of her at her college graduation and in mundane daily life. She looks so young, barely an adult herself. Her goal was simply to be a teacher.
"You have a teacher who cared more about her students than herself," said Mayor John Harkins of Stratford, the town Soto hailed from and where more than 300 people gathered for a memorial service Saturday night. "That speaks volumes to her character, and her commitment and dedication."
Associated Press December 17, 2012
Hundreds of communities locally and nationally proudly display "Home Town Hero" banners recognizing the men and women currently serving in our armed forces.
As per our Mayor, he does not want to "copy" other communities in this area by recognizing our family members currently serving in the military with the "HOMETOWN HERO" banners that are proudly displayed in Spencerport, Brockport and Clarkson. Instead there is a "Wall of Honor" in the Community Center. Very noble; however, who sees it? Nearly 3 THOUSAND cars travel our little Main Street on a daily basis, not to mention Rt. 259 North and South in the Village of Hilton.
I would like to present a signed petition in support for the HOME TOWN HERO BANNERS to be displayed in our community.
The Gurkhas from Nepal have been serving the British Army for over 2 centuries. They swear allegiance to our Majesty the Queen when they join the Army.
Despite all this, they do not have Citizen Rights of the UK. After much fighting by the Respected Joanna Lumley, the Gurkhas managed to get settlement rights, but what did that achieve? Nothing. They do not have the access they should to pensions, to having their families with them and even their civil rights have a lot left to be desired.
The British Army took 12/13/14 year old and now that these men are in their 60's, 70's and 80's, they are living like paupers and beggars. Is that right? Is that fair?
I humbly request that you sign this petition and make any relevant comments for me to take to 10 Downing Street on the 24th April 2012 when we are holding a peace rally for the above. We will be outside 10 Downing Street from 12 noon on the day, please, come and join us. Thanks
“Throughout her career with Canada’s National Women’s Team, Jennifer Botterill has been a role model for young girls playing hockey across the country, and I am sure she will continue to do so even in retirement,” said Bob Nicholson, president and CEO of Hockey Canada.
4 Time Olympian: 3 Gold, 1 Silver
5 Time World Champion
184 games in a Team Canada jersey recording 65 goals and 109 assists for 174 points.
My father can't get a purple heart because a tiger attacked him in the vietnam war. You have to be hurt by a bullet, knife,etc. He has the letter saying he has the award, but they never put it on paper back in vietnam. I want to change the law to cover all veterans hurt@war. Type in Holly Goolden & see paper from Watertown Times & channel 7 news with John Friot.
To The Honorable Judge Santa Clara Superior Court Hall of Justice – 190 W. Hedding Street
San Jose , CA 95110
RE: TONG LY
Booking No: 10038315
Busch Gardens Amusement parks offer active duty military members and as many as three direct dependents may enter SeaWorld, Busch Gardens or Sesame Place parks with a single-day complimentary admission.
Currently this program does not include retired Military members or their family members.
10. Save Spyro
the legend of spyro trilogy is good but dawn of the dragon slaughtered the story my fellow spyro fans this petition is to activision and blizzard to ether a give up the name to some one more capable or b finally get to work on a new game.
There has Ben only talk of a new game however as you may search it theirs no data no physical evidence of such activity's in over two years. how ever since the purchasing of the spyro game rights blizzard has done nothing to show a new games creation. It is be leaved by many that this monolith of a company merely desired the name for personal promotion purposes. As such im creating this petition to have the games right passed on to some one more capable of producing a new game before this company drags the series into its coffin and drives the final nail ending its grand courier
Help make Four Hero on December 1, a National Holiday to honor our police, firefighters, and Medical personnel. On December 1, 2009, four police officers were gunned down while having coffee at a Forze coffee shop in Lakewood. Sgt. Mark Renninger and Officers Ronald Owens, Tina Griswold and Greg Richards, were all killed from wounds received to the head, and neck. This tragic event has made an emotional impact on me, so much so that I would like to make their death into something more meaningful.
Petition against Local Authority’s Action to Remove Fence around flower garden Maintained by War Veteran and his family for Over 40 Years.
Mr Aldridge’s family have lived in Normandy Drive in Taunton, Somerset ever since the houses were built, Mr Aldridge grew up in the house and has contributed to the maintenance of the small section of land beside his parents house.
Mr Aldridge, sadly lost his parents and took on the tenancy of the family home from the Local Council, Taunton Deane Borough Council when he left the Armed Forces, serving for his Country in many military operations, including the 1st Gulf War. Mr Aldridge, has continued to care and maintain the land and small fence up until, this very day.
Taunton Deane Borough Council is now forcing Mr Aldridge to remove the fence or court action will be taken against him. This petition is to help Mr Aldridge in his fight against the Local Authorities, to allow Mr Aldridge to maintain the beautiful piece of land with the flower beds around the trees and rose beds and avoid this area being left to gather rubbish and be misused like many other areas locally have.
After fighting for his country, can a war hero not be allowed to upkeep a piece of land unused by anyone else? This is Local Authorities gone mad! Local press and news stations are in support of Mr Aldridge and his good intentions.
Jean Grey is one of Marvel's most beloved characters and one of the most popular. We would love the chance to use her in a game like this.
Mr. President..., and others mentioned below..., We need your help!!!
This is about a US Service Member who has served in the U.S. Air Force 2 years, U.S. Navy for 3 years and State Guards of Alabama, 2 seperate times for 9 years, Virginia for 4 years and Mississippi 9 years. The only reason he wasn't a Marine..., there just wasn't enough time. He is, LTC James D. Thornton, A Forgotten American Hero or..., Big Jim to his friends. At the age of 15 on 22 Dec. 1973, as a Police Explorer Scout with Post 18 of the Montgomery AL Police Department, Jim was faced with a life and death situation. The officer he was on patrol with, Officer John Hester, was attacked during a Hit & Run investigation. His service revolver taken from him and a nervous woman, holding the .357 Cal. Smith & Wesson and pointing it at Jim, Officer Hester, her brother and her boyfriend. Jim calmly placed himself in between the gun and the other three men while the other two men were beating Officer Hester. Jim grabbed the revolver with his left hand just as the hammer struck his skin between his thumb and forefinger. Jim saved them all!
As an Airman 1st Class in the U.S.A.F. during a Tornado Alert at Sheppard A.F.B., TX in April 1977, Jim, then an In Patient at the Base Hospital, saw a family trapped in the parking lot and in his PJ's, went in to the storm, grabbed the two small children and guided the family inside to safety.
As a Radioman 2nd Class in the U.S. Navy and a crewman onboard the U.S.S. Ranger CV-61, Jim was burned on both legs, saving the lives of RMSA Jerry Parrott and RMSN David Whyte in a berthing fire that later turned out to be a Murder Attempt.
Later, On 1 Sept. 1978 Jim was on an early morning supply run for the Communications Department of the USS Ranger. When he stopped for gas at the fuel depot at N.T.C. San Diego, he saw that the Royal Inn Hotel across the street was on fire on the 5th floor. Jim ran up 5 flights of stairs, kicked and bent open the steel fire door the wrong way, entered the building, tripped the fire alarms, charged the Fire Station on the 5th floor while evacuating guests and put out the fire. There were 234 Rooms and the Hotel was 100% occupied at the time. That's over 400 Sleeping Souls. Jim was the only one hurt with dark bruses on his right and left leg and smoke inhailation damage to himself. He was treated at the NTC San Diego Infirmary.
In a Collision at Sea, 0455, 5 April 1979, the U.S.S. Ranger collided with the Super Tanker, SS Fortune Moriva just south of Singapore. Jim volunteered to and actually went over the side of the ship with approval from Capt. Thomas G. Moore in to the damaged hull of the ship and gathered information to relay back to his skipper. His Starboard Safety Line was fouled and he had to cut loose and be dragged up the Port side of the Ranger. The Navy never awarded Jim one single award for anything he did even though by default, he's earned the Navy/Marine Corps Medal 3 times, the US Navy Commendation Medal and many more.
As an N.C.O. Club Supervisor at Gunter A.F.S. Montgomery, AL, Jim was on his way to work on Thanksgiving Eve 1989. There was what had started out as a 5 Car Pile Up on the Northern By-Pass in Montgomery that evening. Jim stopped just before two more cars piled in to the growing wreck. He took care of injured people, got everyones Emergency Flashers going and asked a motorist to go call for help. There were no Cell Phones then! He stayed and did what he could till Montgomery Police Department and Montgomery County Sheriffs Department arrived. Had he not done so, the wrecks would have grown out of control as no one had the common sense to use their lights or flashers. Jim earned the U.S.A.F. Civilian Medal for Valor. The Club Manager was Chief Master Sergeant Bill Uhde. Jim never received anything.
Skipping ahead of many more rescues to present time...,
During Hurricane Katrina, as a Volunteer Chaplain/Captain O3E with the 1st Bat. 1st Brigade of the Mississippi State Guard on active duty without pay...,
1. During a Drive By Shooting the night after the hurricane, while inside the Key Chapter of the American Red Cross in Meridian, MS, ((601) 485-5151 Chapter Director, Cheri Beri now Mayor of Meridian, MS., Disaster Director, Mr. Gordon Stewart). Jim exposed himself to direct fire while uniformed and unarmed to get all staff members and volunteers inside on the floor and turned off all lighting to make a black out inside and lower any chance that the shooters could see who to shoot at. No one was injured but the building took 5 hits. Jim had used his body to block the door as it would not lock.
2. The Friday evening after Katrina, some Clients in the Shelters were receiving partial text messages from family and friends still trapped in the New Orleans area and other areas. Jim and other Red Cross Staffers, compiled the information, Jim set up an emergency communications network with Eagle Ops in Shreveport, LA and relayed through them the information to the rescue teams in New Orleans, causing over 27 lives to be saved. One partial message read, "..., there are some of us still alive and in the roof, send...," Jim did!
3. Scores of displaced and disabled Veterans were in the Meridian area when Jim found out that the V.A. Clinic there was abandoned. These former Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines had no medicines to take as many left all they had behind. Jim again, set up another emergency communications network, contacted Dr. Terry Allgood (601-364-1270) at the V.A. Hospital Jackson, MS. and with the help of his wife, SFC Kathy Thornton, (NOTE: There was one plug on a generator and then SSG Thornton had to reprogram and reset each piece of equipment everytime something needed to be relayed making a normal operation, very difficult), made all arrangements for all medicines to be handled through the Red Cross Nurse Supervisor and staff for distribution to those Veterans.
Jim has been nominated twice for the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his combined actions across America. These came from Gov. Kirk Fordice (R) MS in August 1999 and by Sen. Ed Robertson (D) AL in Sept. 1996. Both were sent to Pres. Bill Clinton. The White House responded but never acted on the nominations. He has received commendations from 7 Governors of 6 States. He's most proud of the one from former President George W. Bush when he was Governor of Texas and a very special one from Gov. George C. Wallace (D) AL. The others are from Governors, Pete Wilson CA, Lawton Chiles FL, Fob James AL, George Allen VA, Kirk Forcice MS.
Jim has earned many awards over the years from the Boy Scout Medal of Honor w/ Crossed Palms - Police Explorer Program 1973-1976, U.S.A.F. 1976 & 1977, U.S.N. 1977-1980 and the Active State Guards of Alabama 1981-1985 & 1989-1992 , Virginia 1985-1989, U.S. Navy Sea Cadet Corps 1998-2001 and in the Mississippi State Guard 2001-2009. The only problem is, he's never had an awards ceremony and has never been awarded any of them. People seem to either loose, missplace, destroy or deny ever having received any paperwork on Jim. He was even ordered by the Mississippi State Guard to not mention anything about his service during Hurrican Katrina and has been called a liar for what he's done. Even with Documented or Notorized evidence from people he's helped. For the little 2006 Southern Hero Award for his efforts during Katrina, the State Guard ordered Jim NOT to wear his uniform to receive the award or to even mention the Guard. The Red Cross did not recognize Jim for his efforts and the lives he protedted there or the $2000.00 donation in his name from The Southern Companies on behalf of the award. The V.A. wanted to punish Jim and take his pension cause he did all the work he did on the phone to help all the people and Veterans he helped which he could have done at home. It was safer at the Red Cross and his medical conditions could be watched more closely.
LTC Jim Thornton is a Disabled Veteran rated at 100%. He was Attacked, Beaten, Shot, Burned and RAPED after he turned in Drug Dealers and Loan Sharks on the USS Ranger CV-61. He has not been able to work since 20 Mar. 1992 and that was completely against medical advice from the V.A. Hospital Doctors in Montgomery AL. Till July 1st. 2009, Jim was still serving without pay as a Volunteer in the Mississippi State Guard and in pain with an out of date Pace Maker, Gout, Blood Clots, Burns and numerous other injuries to himself from active duty and civilian rescues for which he still fights the V.A. for a full service connected and Unemployable pension. He is a poor but proud man and will buy food for someone in need at the drop of a hat when his family has nothing. I have seen him do this! He and his wifes vehicles were Katrina Survivors and are barely running. His truck was missing all of it's rear windows. Jim & Kathy lost their home to tormado damage earlier, before Katrina. He has never missed a drill or a call to duty and has volunteered several times for an apointment to active duty and service in Afganistan or Iraq in spite of his pain because he wanted to make a difference. He now has been forced to take a Medical Retirement from the Mississippi State Guard and they didn't even give him a retirement Certificate for Honorable Service.
His Family & Friends have nominated Jim for the Mississippi Medal of Honor. His former C.O., then MAJ Pate Miranda of Meridian, MS (Now Deceased) nominated Jim for the Magnolia Cross of Mississippi with a support letter from the Red Cross, Key Chapter. Gov. Haley Barbour has not responded! I've seen him do many of these things and even watched him leave his own birthday party I had given him to go in to a very nasty storm in Hattiesburg MS to help people. He's always giving to others when he has nothing and someone needs to remember him now. We believe that he's saved over 500 lives coast to coast. Many of his rescues are documented.
If Lincoln's words are true, then so is the echo of Sen. Robertson's letter to Gov. George Wallace, "If we do not remember what this man has done, other men will forget what to do." Gov. Wallace's letter and nomination for the Distinguished Service Medal of Alabama with the Valor Device for risking his life so many times has been ignored by Alabama's Governor. All of the nominations for any awards he's earned, even going back to the Boy Scout's Medal of Honor with Crossed Palms by unanimous nomination of his council have all been ignored or denied.
I think that no one in America has done this much to help his fellow man so hands on doing rescues and risking their life as a Samaritan! It's time that America knew about and remembered Jim. He's given his ALL, He certainly deserves our best! 15 Minutes of fame is not enough. Maybe someone will find courage in his sacrafices. Thanks for looking at this and if you can, please help Jim. His wife Kathy's comments are under under my submission here. Bruce Ferguson firstname.lastname@example.org
I am Mary K. (Kathy) Thornton, Honorably Discharged SFC & Medical NCO for Head Quarters 1st (SEPERATE) Infantry Brigade Mississippi State Guard. I am aslo the former wife of LTC James D. Thornton. I can attest to the deeds mentioned by Mr. Bruce Ferguson and much more. I would like to add two more rescues to this list my husband has been a part of and beg you, whoever you are, please send this information to your congressional delagations in California, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Virginia. and the U.S.A.F. & U.S.N. Secretaries for action by them and the President. The Current U.S.N. Secretary is former Mississippi Governor Ray Maybus.
There has to be some way that Jim may receive proper recognition. Jim has been nominated for so many awards and received only one. The Southern Hero Award for 2006 from SouthernLINC Wireless and the Southern Companies and that only for the Veterans he helped during Katrina. He has gone broke helping others and we have all suffered a little but, it's what has to be done and he knows this. Help him so he can continue to help others.
In Feb. 2004, Jim noticed a large amount of black smoke coming from the area by our neighbor, Ms. Terri Cross ((601) 447-7896 / 9181 Hensarling Rd. Petal, MS 39465), 10 miles away. Just by feeling something was wrong, he raced there to find her property on fire. The home was burning as Jim entered to get Terri out. He was burned on his right leg going up the stairs to her home. He awoke her from a very heavily medicated sleep and removed her from the home. With only a garden hose and determination, he proceeded to fight the fire until one of Terri's cousins showed up to help, then others arrived. He was also cut by briars and weeds as he fought the fire. He was burned again in the same area of his right leg from the USS Ranger Fire while finishing off this fire. He saved Ms. Cross and her home and was hurt fairly bad doing so. The Maceadonia V.F.D. actually complained to the Perry County Sheriffs Dept. about him doing this rescue and wanted him arrested. The Fire Chief, the one who complained was the Aunt woman he saved.
While riding with my husband on 6 Nov. 2006, an older black lady passed us on HWY. 11, north of Petal, MS and didn't notice the car in front of us turning left in to their driveway. She swerved and tried to regain control of her car to no avail. Mrs. Charlotte Evans, ((601 )582-0970 / 1248 Leeville Rd. Petal, MS 39465), ended up flipping her car and crashing in to the woods after fishtailing and leaving the highway. Her car landed on it's side in a slanted position and was rolling over on it's roof on to a tree stump. Jim ran through the weeds and positioned himself to block the car from continuing it's roll and to give Mrs. Evans, time to escape. Using his own body to stop the car from rolling, he calmed Mrs. Evans down, got her to concentrate on the window on the high side of the car and roll it down so that she would be able to crawl out and escape. As she exited the position, she was high up on the side of the car causing it to try and roll even more. Jim used every thing he had to keep it steady, yelled at her to jump, and kept the car steady while she escaped. After she was clear, Jim jumped out of the way cutting himself on thorns and branbles while the car continued to roll over. Mrs. Evans didn't even have a scratch. Jim suffered for over two weeks, with muscle cramps and pains from the cuts and burns he suffered in both incidents. He's done so much more and has risked his life on so many occasions. Why is it that one man, a 100% Disabled Veteran at that, has saved hundreds of lives and gets no help from the V.A, The Military, proper awards or anything? He cares so much about everyone and gives his all because the morning of his Mother's death, he did a rescue at Jackson Hospital, 21 Aug. 1992. He asked Miss Betty was this his lot in life to help people. In her last breaths she told him it was. He's always taken this as Gospel. Isn't someone willing to do the same for him?
He suffers from numerous medical problems including his heart and the moment he put's on his uniform, he is renewed. No matter how much he hurts, he won't let it show. He has so much pride and patriotism that he's volunteered several times to go to Afganistan or Iraq to do whatever he can do. He remains ignored! He's trained his whole life to serve since he was 11 years old and wore his first uniform in Military School at Gulf Coast Military Academy in Gulfport MS and then in the US Army JROTC Program at G.W. Carver HS in Montgomery AL. He had 7 years of Military Training before he ever put on a US Military Uniform. I want to see him be able to hold his head high, get the honors he so rightly deserves and be remembered for what he's done during his peace and war time service.
I don't know any other way to do it other than here. He's done so much for so many in America! America..., Please do something for Jim? God Bless you all and please keep us in your prayers..., especially Jim!
Bruce Ferguson and Kathy Thornton