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In memoryPosted Thursday, February 25, 2010, at 8:45 AM
The last few days have been difficult for everyone in Clay County.
One of our own, Marine Cpl. Gregory Scott Stultz, was killed in combat Friday, Feb. 19, 2010.
When I had the chance to meet with his family to discuss the life of Cpl. Stultz, I learned he died on his brother's birthday
I also learned one of his sisters was due to give birth at any moment.
In death brings new life. Under this circumstance, that saying brought heavy meaning.
I was given the opportunity to meet with the family and, after sitting down with them, I didn't know what to say.
As reporters, we come in prepared for nearly everything.
Sure, sometimes we are thrown a curve ball. But that's part of the game. We take the curve and adjust.
But on that day, the words weren't working.
How do you approach?
What do you say?
I felt as if my mind went blank.
A family lost a son.
A nation lost a hero.
For Clay County, this hasn't happened for a very long time. In fact, the last time county residents mourned in this way, was before I was born.
On Wednesday, residents of Clay County came out in droves to honor a man many of them had not met.
We honor the memory of Cpl. Stultz in unison.
Hopefully, we will continue to honor that memory and what he stood for.
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