Today, fittingly during our Run to Remember group run, I ran for the following fallen military members:
Army Spc. Jonn J. Edmunds // January 3, 1981 – October 19, 2001
Spc. Edmunds, 20, of Cheyenne, Wyoming was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, out of Fort Benning, Georgia. Upon first researching about Jonn, I can’t help but notice that he was competitive, and motivated. Spc. Edmunds became an Army Ranger, something he was fiercely proud of. He was killed in action when his UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a training mission, on 19 OCT, 2001 in Pakistan.
Army Pfc. Kristofor T. Stonesifer // August 20, 1973 – October 19, 2001
Pfc. Stonesifer, 28, of Missoula, Montana was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, out of Fort Benning, Georgia. He initially joined ROTC at the University of Minnesota, but dropped out of the program to enlist in 2000, because ‘the program was not intense enough for him’. During his time in the Army, his motivation carried him to the ranks of the Army Rangers. Pfc. Stonesifer was killed in action when his UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a training mission, on 19 OCT, 2001 in Pakistan. Kristofor leaves behind an amazing family, and his memory will never be forgotten. His mom set up a website in memoriam, and you can see this at www.rstonesifer.com/kris.
Air Force Master Sgt. Evander E. Andrews // January 5, 1965 – October 10, 2001
MSgt Andrews was 36, and assigned to the 366th Civil Engineering Squad out of Mountain Home AFB, Idaho. He was killed on 10 OCT 2001, during a forklift accident while helping in the construction of an airstrip in Qatar. He joined the Air Force as a chance to see the world, knowing that jobs in his hometown of Solon, Maine where few and far between. He met his wife Judy in 1990, and together they had four children. From what I gather, MSgt Andrews was an involved leader and a hard working individual.
I wanted this run to be challenging, and it definitely was. I started out way too fast, but eventually found a friendly pace. The second mile, held on a hilly and winding paved path through a shaded park, was especially tough. The downhills continue to taunt my legs, and throughout the mile I kept reminding myself to “Channel Stonesifer” – I remember reading some of his journal entries that his mom posted. Reading his motivation, his determination and dedication, was incredibly inspiring. I was glad when it was over, and I was quite proud of myself when I realized I finished just a few seconds after my ever-so-speedy husband.