Marine Cpl. Gregory Scott Stultz would have been 23.
"Greg was a wonderful counselor," Camp Director Pam Fischer told The Brazil Times. "I never had to worry about the kids when it was his watch. He had eagle eyes and could prevent any accident from happening before it occurred."
Stultz was a 2006 graduate of Northview High School and was killed in the line of duty while stationed in Afghanistan in February. Though he is gone, his memory is not forgotten.
"This was everything to Greg, especially Pam," Zachary Stultz, Greg's brother said. "He always wanted to be a kid himself."
To the Stultz family, it was a fitting tribute to celebrate Greg's birthday with the campers.
The children sang happy birthday to the fallen Marine and released balloons with cards attached to them. Members of the Stultz family were noticeably moved by the celebration and they took the extra time to enjoy cake with the campers.
"The community has done so much," Zachary said. "I've never experienced Brazil like this. People tell me all the time they are thinking about my brother and family."
"People will remember him and not forget," he said. "It is nice to know this. People truly care."
Even before the death of his brother, Zachary said the family was very involved with the Clay County YMCA.
"Even before Greg died, they were always there with open arms," he said. "I just want to thank them, they've been great. Especially Pam, she was always there for anything we needed."
Children at the YMCA Day Camp released balloons in honor of Marine Cpl. Gregory Scott Stultz. Attached to each balloon was a card stating: This balloon was released in honor of Cpl. Gregory Stultz who died while in combat in Afghanistan on February 19, 2010. Before becoming a Marine and American Hero, Greg was a hero and role model to the children he worked with at the Clay County YMCA Summer Day Camp. We honor the sacrifice made by our friend, Greg, during his years of service to our country and its citizens. He and his family will forever be in our hearts. If you wish to send your condolences to Gregory's family, they may be sent to YMCA of Clay County 225 E. Kruzan St., Brazil, Ind., 47834.