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Honoring a fallen friend
NHL.com ^ | 12/4/2010 | Joe Siville

Posted on 12/05/2010 7:18:21 AM PST by Saije

Prior to the Flyers-Devils game at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday, the Flyers honored one of their beloved friends who lost his life in the line of fire.

Chief Petty Officer and Navy SEAL Collin Thomas paid visits to the Flyers organization several times and quickly developed a close and personal friendship.

Thomas was a highly decorated combat veteran and received numerous awards and citations during his 13 year Navy career including two Bronze Star Medals, six Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, two Combat Action Ribbons and the distinguished Purple Heart.

On August 18th was killed in the line of duty during a classified combat operation in eastern Afghanistan.

Captain Mike Richards presented Collin’s parents Clayton and Paula Thomas with a framed team signed jersey in recognition of their son’s dedication to help serve and protect our country, while each member of the Flyers skated over to shake hands and express their sorrow to Mr. & Mrs. Thomas.

“The ceremony was beautiful,” said Collins father Clayton. “We could not have asked for any higher honor than what happened today with the ovation the fans gave us and those players coming over and shaking our hands. I’m speechless, absolutely speechless.”

“That was awesome,” said Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette. “Talk about people giving their all… I was unaware that that was going to happen and I was touched by it. It was a great tribute to a great person.”

(Excerpt) Read more at flyers.nhl.com ...


TOPICS: Military/Veterans; Sports
KEYWORDS: flyers; navy; nhl; tribute
Classy gesture. Condolences to the family.
1 posted on 12/05/2010 7:18:24 AM PST by Saije
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