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The Stalker
August 17, 2009, 1:20pm Report to Moderator

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Lisa and all at Warriors' Watch,

I send this with so much sadnes for you and the Warriors' Watch.  I had the honor to meet Jon at the Welcome Home for Lcpl Joshua Edgeworth...the one where you so graciously escorted him to his home with the sign in the front yard on the gravel road in our cornfields of Wilmington!  The look on your face was soooo cute as you asked how to get back to the Expressway!

Jon was pacing and anxious for all to be the best for this young Marine as the WW Riders gathered in the dark of night, in the shadows of O'Hare Field.  I can still see him as they hopped on the Bench with the WW Welcome Home Sign, and started clapping...and what that did for Joshua, he will never forget!  Jon's legacy will live through WW and the hearts of many who knew or met him, even if only for a brief moment.  

The blessings of many pass through Angels...Jon was one as are each who carry their cause deep in their heart.  He is watching over, fluttering on your shoulder with smiles and pride!  

Our deepest Sympathy from all at OPERATION:  MOMS to you and all at Warriors Watch on the loss of your friend, your brother and a friend to the many whom wear the Uniform, past and present.


Debbie Trippiedi
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OMC Inc., NFP
Direct Line: 1-815-274-2014


L. Moran

If you don't stand behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them.

Ride Free Jon D
Ride Free Bob (Wheely)
Ride Free Chicago Jim
You will always be in my heart
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Actually... Northbrook Fire Dept. - Enigine & Ambulance 10

I am a firefighter in Northbrook and mentioned to my brothers there that we would be passing thru town this morning.  Every one of the guys there jumped at the opportunity to come out and pay their respects.

None of them knew Jon personally, but they all had heard of the WWR, largely, I'm sure, due to Jon's hard work with the great bunch of guys & gals that are the WWR.


I knew better then to listen to Dobbs. Jon has told me many times DON'T listen to Dobbs. I did and look what happen. Sorry Northbrook FD


Never Again will a Soldier Come home and NOT be thanked. "It's the right thing to do"!
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On behalf of our family, I can not thank all of you enough for your kind words and fabulous pictures!


There is no need to thank us.  We also consider Jon and Yvette as members of "our" family and we are honored to do anything we can for Jon and your family.  


L. Moran

If you don't stand behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them.

Ride Free Jon D
Ride Free Bob (Wheely)
Ride Free Chicago Jim
You will always be in my heart
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That was 1-800- COOL-----got anything else?


All gave some.
Some gave all.

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Damn---I was thinking about the time Jon D was a big part of sending 145 cases of  Girl Scout cookies to 82nd Airborne Chad in Afghanistan.....We had all these donated cookies and no idea how to get them to Afghanistan…POST OFFICE here we came….Probably 2500 LBS worth on two skids…after a bit of fund raising..

Then he gets this Soccer ball idea with the Chicago Fire Soccer team..
He gets the Chicago Fire to donate all their old soccer stuff so we can send it all to a soldier in Iraq who said he wants to help the kids play soccer.

Once again a massive packing exercise and a little fund raising and back to the post office..


Then the time we had the candy donations at the dentist office on Halloween…1500lbs of Candy to Iraq….

It’s a wonder any of our combat troops have any teeth at all..

Damn I miss you Jon D..


All gave some.
Some gave all.

Big Joe
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SETAF 73-74
Joe JR
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Iraq 04-05


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Rest in peace Jon. Mission accomplished. We will miss your friendship. God must have had a mission that was so important he needed you to lead it. May God Bless you.


Bill "Potato" Blocker
Proud Father of Captain Matthew Blocker USAFOSI.
Proud Father of 1st Lt. Ryan Blocker US Army.

Some People Dream the Dream
Some People Live the Dream
Some People Defend the Dream
God Bless the Defenders
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Great photo of Josh and the patriot bike..








L. Moran

If you don't stand behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them.

Ride Free Jon D
Ride Free Bob (Wheely)
Ride Free Chicago Jim
You will always be in my heart
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Great photo of Josh and the patriot bike..





Maybe one day Josh will join us on missions riding Jons Patriot Bike! Im sure I am not the only one that would be filled with tears and pride that day!


Riding in Memory of my Grandfather PFC Henry Giermala USMC WWII.
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We made it within a mile of home yesterday before the skies opened up and we got soaked.
It came down as hard as I have ever seen.

For the first time ever I LOVED riding in  the rain.






It hid my tears.



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Daily herald and Northwest herald will have something about Jon D on Tuesday, the 18th in obituary section.


L. Moran

If you don't stand behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them.

Ride Free Jon D
Ride Free Bob (Wheely)
Ride Free Chicago Jim
You will always be in my heart
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I dont want to talk about the service, it was very hard, I havent lost a member of my unit since the army. I want to talk about the welcome home that afternoon. When I got home, I was wiped out and really wanted to goto sleep, I came here and read a bit on the board, and then decited I had to go. I know what Jon said and although I didnt know if it would go well, I figured he knew best. When I got to the school for staging, there was FD there and a group of brothers and sisters quietly talking, very somber. Then something began to happen.... we just kind of got it together, slowly, but it happened. By the time Matter removed his raingear.......... we were ready. We had a moment of silence durring the brief and we went, Fire trucks Screaming, Pipes roaring to the church where they were having a party for our Soldier. when we pulled in something magical happened. The ground shook, the people (there were lots of people) stood and cheered, and our soldier was in shock. It was the loudest, grandest enterance ever! Then we got ahold of our Soldier. No handshakes today, no sir. It was all hugs, and not the little pat on the shoulder hug, the "I havent seen you in forever, I really missed you" hug. By the end of the line, our solder was very nearly moved to tears by the love and appreciation we showed him, and many in the crowd were moved to tears. The FD stood in amazment, Then it was applause for them! Although the Soldier probably felt like we were the most intense people on the planet, he definately felt welcomed, and then it was picture time. Pictures with the kids, pictures with Duke, pictures with the bikes, pictures with the banner. The soldier said that several of his troops were returning home soon, and we assured him that we had their back. As I was leaving I thought "That was JonDs honor mission", exactly the way he would have wanted it.
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Just a note. Matter and I, after some hugging, petting, and playful head butting, discovered the Great Dane in the picture was in fact NOT Duke....... Thankfully he was friendly...........
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Someone help Falcon shrink these things.....


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ugh.

I just went to PM Falcon about the pictures and there was a PM conversation I had with JonD about the Maza mission back in October.  I'd forgotten all about that, seeing it again now was a real kick in the nuts
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