On Sunday September 17, I will be running in the 5th annual Captain Gerald F. DeConto, Scholarship Fund 5K run - walk in Sandwich MA. Captain DeConto's sister is a co-worker of mine, Captain DeConto’s family started this scholarship after he was killed on September 11th.
Here is a little bit of information from the web site.
"Captain Gerald F. DeConto, USN was killed at the age of 44 in the September 11th terrorist attack on the Pentagon. A scholarship fund has been set up in his memory to honor him and the legacy he left behind which is one of service to his country, leadership, friendship and love of life and family. A scholarship is awarded each year from the fund to a deserving Sandwich High School senior."
"At the time of the terrorist attack on the Pentagon Jerry was in charge of the Navy Command Center and was in direct communication with the Secretary of the Navy coordinating the Navy’s response to the attacks on the world Trade Center. Jerry was a high-spirited, caring person who truly loved life, his friends and his family. He enjoyed many activities, one of which was running, and he enjoyed them most when they were shared with family and friends. It is his family’s hope that through the scholarship fund, Jerry will continue to influence the lives of young people and that his memory and the ideals he believed in will live on."
If you wish to make a contribution to the scholarship fund, you can download the PDF form on the site or let me know so I can put in touch with the family.