Monday, June 10, 2013

Max meets an American hero

I wanted to share with you an incredible encounter we had on Memorial Day at Safeco Field two weeks ago.

Prior to the game, Sergeant First Class Leroy Petry delivered the game ball to the mound.  It was the culmination of a memorable and moving pre-game ceremony honoring veterans.

SFC Petry is a true American hero. He received the Medal of Honor, the highest military honor, when he protected a group of fellow soldiers in Afghanistan retrieving a grenade and tossing it away from them. He lost his hand, but saved many lives.

In 2011 when President Obama presented him the Medal of Honor, SFC Petry became only the second living recipient since the Vietnam War.

As the family and I were leaving the ballpark that day we spotted SFC Petry and I introduced him to Max. Not only did he spend a few precious moments with Max, but he reached into his pocket and presented Max with a personalized coin imprinted with his name and the Medal of Honor.

Below you can watch this incredible moment that I won't ever forget.


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