Daytona Beach, FL
- Seabreeze High School will hold a service Friday in memory of a graduate and Army Ranger who was killed in combat.
Staff Sergeant Anthony "Cookie" Dee Davis graduated from Seabreeze in 1999, and was killed in Tikrit, Iraq, in 2009. For his service, he was awarded a bronze star, a purple heart, a combat infantryman badge, a ranger tab, and a parachute badge. "We just felt that it was appropriate with him being a Seabreeze graduate and paying the ultimate price in service to our country that we honor that here at Seabreeze High School," said Joe Rawlings, Principal of Seabreeze HS.
While a student at Seabreeze, Davis played on the football team and participated in the Fire Explorers program. Through that program, students learned about fire programs at the county level and they got the chance to work with officials to learn about being involved in fire departments. "He was well-liked and well-respected by his teachers here," said Rawlings. "They said the lasting image of him that they always had was that he always had a smile on his face and that he was always such a polite young man."
This memorial was the brainchild of Colonel Robert McKeen, a retired Army Colonel. He brought it to the attention of Rawlings, and they worked with other school officials to put on the memorial, which will be held during lunchtime, from 11 AM to noon, in the main courtyard.
To learn more about Davis, check out this 2009 story from the Orlando Sentinel
(Davis' photo courtesy TheFallen.MilitaryTimes.com)
(Flier courtesy Seabreeze HS)
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