Recently on the front page of the Emery County Progress was a picture of one of our local boys who is giving his all. Nic Hunsaker, son of Jim and Ruth Hunsaker of Castle Dale, was home for a two week leave before returning to Iraq. Nic graduated from Emery High School in May 2003. He joined the National Guard his junior year and completed his basic training that summer.
After gradation, he completed his specialized training and was then deployed in December of 2003. Nic was sent to Iraq for active duty on Feb. 4 of this year. His MOS is a Heavy Equipment Mechanic, but he also serves on Convoy Security. Nic turned 20 while he was home on his leave. His little sister, Dana, 19 years old is also in the national guard.
Our Ferron Peach Days theme this year was honoring our Everyday Heros. We heard about Nic being home for a short two weeks from a mutual friend. We asked Nic to ride on our float so we could honor him and his service to our country. Nic was willing. I had never met Nic until the day of the parade. We all felt so honored to ride on a float with him. The Emery County citizens honored him too.
Tears came to my eyes as people stood to applaud Nic, yell thank you to him, or stood and saluted our soldier. Later when talking to one of Nic's former baseball coaches, he described Nic as "One you could count on to give his all." That same character trait is seen today as Nic continues to give his all for our country and for us.
We appreciate you Nic for your service. Our prayers are with you.