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Feb192009

About Furp

From the introduction to
http://community.livejournal.com/remember_furp
By Dr. Samuel “Uncle Kage” Conway.

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“Patrick "Furp" Reed was a veteran of the Iraq War where he served with the US Navy. In the course of his duties he made life better for many a brave Marine. Furp lost his life in a tragic accident outside of a military base in California when he was struck by another vehicle while riding his beloved motorcycle. Ironically, the other driver was himself a Marine. Early reports indicated that the other driver was intoxicated, although later information suggested that the collision was simply a tragic accident.

Furp was also a trained emergency medical technician who was well-known for his kindness and compassion and was always eager to help someone in distress. He was never without his medical kit and put it to good use on many, many occasions, both in conflict and at home.
This community is intended to serve as a place for his friends to share their photographs and memories of this extraordinary young man, known to many as a shining example of all that is good in the human spirit. Please tell us what you remember, be it funny or sad or simply outrageous; as we all know, Furp would have liked the last one best of all. If you post photos, please place them under an LJ-cut, so that people do not become annoyed by Furp-spam on their friends lists. We want him to be remembered fondly.

A number of people have asked how best to honor Furp. The answer, of course, they already know. Any time you stop to help a stranger whose car has broken down on the roadside, or stoop to pick someone up who has slipped on the sidewalk, or simply place your hand on the shoulder of a fellow human being who is in pain and say, "Let me help you," your are honoring Furp in the grandest way.”


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Please take a spare moment to visit the community and leave a memory or read through some that have been left.

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    Fantastic Webpage, Preserve the fantastic job. Thanks a ton.
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[...] Furry 101 placed an observative post today on About FurpHere’s a quick excerptFrom the introduction to http://community.livejournal.com/remember_furp By DR. Samuel “Uncle Kage” Conway. “Patrick Furp Reed was a veteran of the Iraq War where he served with the US Navy. In the course of his duties he made life better for many a brave Marine. Furp lost his life in a tragic accident outside of a military base in California when he was struck by another vehicle while riding his beloved motorcycle. Ironically, the other driver was himself a Marine. Early repor [...]

From my own experience in the Royal Australian Navy, I have personally seen how more sailors lose their lives as a result of drink driving than combat, especially in these relatively peaceful times.
Motorbikes are also bloody dangerous things to ride... while training for my NAVY CIS course, my classes main instructor, who was at the time recovering from a previous motorbike injury that left him with a permanent limp, managed to get himself in another serious motorbike accident, breaking his arm and collar bone, seriously threatening to put an end to his NAVY career... he managed to hang on to his job for a while after his recovery, but I dont think he ever got to go to sea again.

Its sad to hear of any sailor dying, but doubly so when it occurred on shore, and because of entirely preventable causes :(

February 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterQuickBrownFox

Thanks for putting this up Cupro. I know you didn't know the guy, but, he met alot to me personally and others as well.

February 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAshMCairo

I am Patrick's dad. Thank you for all your kind thoughts. It is ironic that I was scared to death when he was in the Persian Gulf and later in Baghdad, and felt relieved that he was in the safety of his home land. He was happy to be getting to a less stressful life. Our last words were, "I love you". Please say that to your loved ones.
It may be all you have left.
Henry Reed (first family)
Bless you all.

February 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHenry Reed

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