Shaw Air Force Base has been a valued part of the Sumter community for my entire life. Many of my friends have served or are serving at Shaw in some capacity. The impact that the military has on our …
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Shaw Air Force Base has been a valued part of the Sumter community for my entire life. Many of my friends have served or are serving at Shaw in some capacity. The impact that the military has on our community is more than just monetary, with many retirees choosing Sumter for their retirement home. In short, Shaw is an intricate part of the Sumter community, and just as the new logo says, the people of Sumter have "Uncommon Patriotism" and pride in our friends at Shaw and beyond.
Recently I was involved in an accident that made me reflect on the value and people that are part of Sumter by way of Shaw. While driving on U.S. 378 in front of Shaw, I was rear ended, with the party that hit me leaving the scene of the accident. There were two people that stopped to see if they could help in any way and both were associated with Shaw. One of those stopping, Rick Leech, went above and beyond what I could have possibly expected, and I feel that I made a new friend that day. Rick not only was concerned about my physical condition, but his assistance benefited police in apprehending the party that hit me, and he even accompanied me to court to testify.
All too often we are quick to criticize and short on "thank you." Thank you, Rick, and thank you to our military friends that come into our community and contribute in immeasurable ways.
TYLER B. "DOC" DUNLAP