Honoring South Coast Veterans: Generations of Service!
Two local veterans — Kevin Haagen and Joshua McGonagle — decided after their military service was over to serve the Coos Bay community as firefighters.
During her 21 years in the U.S. Air Force, Master Sergeant Annie Grayson’s most prized possession is a plaque that says, “Mom and medic, you can do it all.”
Airman Recruit Seth Sturgell, a native of Bandon, joined the Navy for opportunity.
“What inspired me to join the Navy was the opportunity to travel the world while working for the world’s strongest naval force,” Sturgell said.
For some, helping those in need is a calling. For veteran and Coos Bay City Councilor Drew Farmer, several members of his family and ancestors, going back to before the nation's founding, have joined the armed services to serve and help others in need.
Combat veteran Mark Gutierrez rode through North Bend on bicycle on U.S. Highway 101 in October, and stopped in the city as part of his cross country journey to raise awareness and funds for Project Hero.
For as long as he could remember, Kayne Pedrick’s family has always put others first. Whether it be providing someone with a bit of extra encouragement or lending a helping hand, the Pedricks have for decades dedicated their lives to serving others.