Archive for July, 2009

My Friend Hit by Lightning

July 31, 2009

http://www.upnorthlive.com/news/news_story.aspx?id=327780

One of the men in this story is a friend of mine. He has a 2 year old child. He has been a decan at my church for many years.

At present he is in a coma on a ventilator. Please pray for him and the other men.

BIG RAPIDS — Four men are hospitalized after a lightning strike at Ferris State University in Big Rapids.

The four men were getting ready to use this directional boring machine to drill holes underground for electrical lines when a thunderstorm boiled up.

They headed for their cars through the small grove of pines when lightening hit one of the trees and injured all four men. Their hard hats were still on the ground where they fell hours later.

Tim Ward is a spokesman for the project manager, “I‘ve been doing this for 38 years and this is the first time i’ve been involved with something like this.

Ward says two of the men were in stable condition at a Big Rapids hospital and the other two were sent to Butterworth in Grand Rapids.

The men were working for J. Rank Electric of Mt. Pleasant and were part of a upgrading project on the Ferris State campus. “The site is secured. MIOSHA is coming out.They’ll do a preliminary investigation and they’ll let us know whether we can start work again in the morning,” Ward said.

Salute to our Heros

July 30, 2009

True Story……


Luke AFB is west of Phoenix and is rapidly being surrounded by civilization that complains about the noise from the base and its planes, forgetting that it was there long before they were.  A certain lieutenant colonel at Luke AFB deserves a big pat on the back. Apparently, an individual who lives somewhere near Luke AFB wrote the local paper complaining about a group of F-16s that disturbed his/her day at the mall.

When that individual read the response from a Luke AFB officer, it must Have stung quite a bit.


The complaint:

‘Question of the day for Luke Air Force Base

Whom do we thank for the morning air show? Last Wednesday, at precisely 9:11 A.M, a tight formation of four F-16 jets made a low pass over Arrowhead Mall, continuing west over Bell Road at approximately 500 feet. Imagine our good fortune!  Do the Tom Cruise-wannabes feel we need this wake-up call, or were they trying to impress the cashiers at Mervyns early bird special? 

Any response would be appreciated.


The response:


Regarding ‘A wake-up call from Luke’s jets’ On June 15, at precisely 9:12 a.m
, a perfectly timed four- ship fly by of F-1 6s from the 63rd Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base flew over the grave of Capt. Jeremy Fresques. Capt Fresques was an Air Force officer who was previously stationed at Luke Air Force Base and was killed in Iraq on May 30, Memorial Day.

At 9 a. m. on June 15, his family and friends gathered at Sunland Memorial Park in Sun City to mourn the loss of a husband, son and friend. Based on the letter writer’s recount of the fly by, and because of the jet noise, I’m sure you didn’t hear the 21-gun salute, the playing of taps, or my words to the widow and parents of Capt. Fresques as I gave them their son’s flag on behalf of the President of the United States and all those veterans and servicemen and women who understand the sacrifices they have endured..


A four-ship fly by is a display of respect the Air Force gives to those who give their lives in defense of freedom. We are professional aviators and take our jobs seriously, and on June 15 what the letter writer witnessed was four officers lining up to pay their ultimate respects.


The letter writer asks, ‘Whom do we thank for the morning air show? The 56th Fighter Wing will make the call for you, and forward your thanks to the widow and parents of Capt Fresques, and thank them for you, for it was in their honor that my pilots flew the most honorable formation of their lives.


Only 2 defining forces have ever offered to die for you….Jesus Christ and the American Soldier.

One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.

Lt. Col. . Grant L. Rosensteel, Jr.


USAF


And remember only two defining forces have ever offered  to die for you, Jesus Christ


And the American Soldier


One died for your soul,

The other for your freedom.