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Published: Monday, July 23, 2012 @ 10:59 AM
Updated: Monday, July 23, 2012 @ 10:59 AM
TROY — A 2007 Troy High School graduate was killed last week while serving in Afghanistan.
Army Private First Class Jeffrey L. Rice, 24, of Troy, died in Kandahar, Afghanistan Thursday, the Department of Defense announced Sunday.
Rice was part of the 20th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade stationed out of Fort Hood, Texas and was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom at the time of his death.
Rice’s family spoke to News Center 7 this morning and described him as goofy, very loving, sensitive, protective, always happy, a “jokester” and proud to be a soldier.
Rice also attended Piqua Joint Vocational School, now the Upper Valley Career Center, for his junior and senior year, according to Troy City Schools Superintendent Eric Herman.
Herman said Rice was in the welding program and played football while in high school.
“I remember him just being real quiet,” Herman said.
Alan Wuebker was Rice’s welding teacher for those two years and remembered him as an attentive, respectful and hardworking student.
“Jeff was an awesome student,” Wuebker said. “He always talked about serving his country. It was his lifetime goal to do that.”
Wuebker said Rice actually earned a scholarship to continue studying welding, but enlisted instead. He said Rice hoped to further his welding career while serving in the Army.
Fort Hood had not released any details on Rice’s death Sunday afternoon.
His family reportedly travelled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware Sunday where Rice’s remains were transferred along with the bodies of two fellow soldiers also killed in Afghanistan last week, Army Spc. Darrion T. Hicks of Raleigh, N.C. and Marine Cpl. Joshua R. Ashley of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
The 20th Engineer Battalion, nickname “Lumberjack”, provides combat engineering support, according to the Fort Hood webpage.
Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 8:40 AM
ADEL, Ga. — Leonard Franklin Tomlinson lived and served in an age before social media, and the image he left behind is less ephemeral and certainly more meaningful than the slew of selfies we all serve up today.
Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 8:46 AM
ASHLAND COUNTY, Ohio — An Xbox is tops for many gamers’ holiday wish lists.
Mikah Frye was no different, until he noticed homeless people outside during the cold Ohio weather.
His grandmother said he asked what homeless people do when it’s cold outside. So he came up with an answer: giving those who needed them a blanket to stave off the chill, WJW reported.
But he needed to find out how to pay for the gifts.
His grandmother suggested he give up one gift to help warm the homeless.
“He later said if the Xbox is $300, and the blankets are $10 then I can buy 30 blankets,” Mikah’s grandmother, Terry Brant, told WJW.
Mikah’s family found themselves in a similar situation a few years ago. They had some financial difficulties and lost their home and had shelter thanks to the Access program, WJW reported.
So far more than 60 blankets have been donated and have started to be given out to families in need. Each one has a message from Mikah that says, “They gave me a blanket, but I had to leave it. That’s why I want you to have your own blanket.”
He ends his note with “Today, I live in my own house, and someday you will too. Your friend Mikah.”
And while Mikah gave up his dream of an Xbox for those who need help, WJW reported that “Santa” is still trying to get the video game for the selfless child.
Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 11:54 AM
— A fire department in Oklahoma is warming hearts again with their special holiday card.
Last year, the Durant Fire Department went viral with their 2016 holiday card, which featured children of the firefighters.
Six of the station’s 33 firefighters welcomed new babies within six months of each another.
This year, the department decided to keep the tradition going with an “updated” photo.
Babies Ava, Owen, Nash, Mitchell, Gus and Brevyn donned matching outfits on their fathers’ firetruck.
Gus’ mother, Shembra Wilson, told ABC News, “It was a lot harder this year because they’re more mobile. We’re all jumping up and down acting like morons to get the shot and they’re looking at us like, ‘What in the world?’”
The department has decided to continue the tradition annually “to watch them grow.”
Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 11:55 AM
— Online shopping has made life easier for a lot of us and is especially handy during the holidays, but it’s also created more opportunities for thieves to prey on parcels left on our doorsteps.
So beware the so-called porch pirates. They count on our being lax, but a little preparation can help thwart their plans and leave them empty-handed, said Gary Miliefsky, CEO of SnoopWall , a company that specializes in cybersecurity.
“A more sophisticated porch pirate might send you an SMS message or email with malware,” Miliefsky said. “That would let them gain access to your computer or smartphone, and they could install a RAT (Remote Access Trojan). Then, they can eavesdrop on your orders and deliveries.”
They also might be able to locate you through the geolocating feature on your phone, he said. That would tell them when you are away from home, providing the final link in their well-laid plan.
Police tell us thieves mark their calendars with notes that say such things as "Package theft Wednesday."
“If they know you aren’t home and that a package is scheduled for delivery, it’s going to be easy for them to steal it,” Miliefsky said.
There are, however, ways around even cybercriminals. Miliefsky offers these tips for outwitting porch pirates and keeping packages safe:
• Get permission to ship all your packages to work. That way, they aren’t left unguarded at your doorstep for hours while anyone walking by could snatch them. If this arrangement works out, be sure to tell all your friends and family members to ship packages to your work address.
• Ask a friend or neighbor to receive your packages for you. You might not be home on workdays, but plenty of people are. Trusted friends who are retired or who work at home might be happy to let you have packages delivered to them for safekeeping.
• If a neighbor can’t receive your packages and you can’t get them at work, another option is available. Miliefsky suggests trying Doorman, a service that lets you arrange for a package to be held at a warehouse until you arrive home. Then you can arrange delivery for evening hours that better suit you.
• Disable geolocation on your smartphone so that thieves – or other hackers, for that matter – can’t track your location. There’s no need to make it easier for them.