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7/9/2014 7:31:00 AM
Letter to the Editor
Letter: Wade Parker, an American Hero
Special to the Review


Today is Memorial Day, and with yet another fire raging within sight of my hometown I feel the need to remember not just my fellow veterans who did not make it home, but also those who have served our country and communities much closer to home. Their service and sacrifice is every bit as important as the men and women whom I have served with in the military.

I admit that I do not personally know Wade Parker, and I am not sure if I had the privilege of meeting him while we both lived in Chino Valley. It seems that everyone I meet thanks me for my service, especially on Memorial Day, yet I am not the one that is owed such a deep feeling of gratitude today. Rather, it is the men like Wade who have paid the ultimate sacrifice and given their lives to protect their families, communities, and our way of life.

I have served with countless men just like Wade. They all have hopes and dreams, families they love, ambitions for a bright future, and an even brighter future for their children. Most of us are fortunate enough to return home to enjoy the American way of life that we have spent our lives protecting, and we take great pains to remember our brothers who were not so fortunate.

The Air Force has a tradition of naming our bases and facilities after our fallen heroes, so that we may never forget those who have gone before us and the sacrifices they have made. We honor not just the memory of their lives, but the ideals they embodied and we strive to foster those values in ourselves.

I suggest that we rename Chino Valley High School to Wade Parker High School and change our mascot to the Hotshot. We should be so lucky as to have our sons and daughters learn the values of service and dedication embodied by Wade, his fellow Hotshots, and every firefighter and peace officer.

I will not be home to attend our next school board meeting, but I will ensure that someone is there to make this motion. If I am lucky enough to be able to move home once I am finished with my military service and raise a family in Chino Valley, I would be proud to send my children to Wade Parker High School.

Allen Short

Captain, US Air Force

CVHS Class of 2001

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014
Article comment by: Reallly Really

Really Mr. Short. You really think that the Chino Valley High School should be renamed The Wade Parker High School. I think that is going a little to far on this one. There have been many young people who have gone to our High School that are no longer here. Some even while still going to the Hight School and passed away during the school year. Granted Wade was a special person but so were all the others. And one must remember Wade chose to do the job he was doing. Did you even stop to think what this might to do the Parker family. All they want to do is heal and now you want to throw another day after day reminder at them, where is your compassion all of this. It was a nice thought on your part but an awful idea. I for one hope they nix your idea.

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