Everyday good people
We all know them. And we all want to tell the whole world how good they are. But we also know they wouldn’t stand for it. They are too humble. Which also makes them so good. And all the more reason for us to tell the whole world about them; those “everyday good people” amongst us.
Doug Cooper is perhaps the epitome of service to our country, and to our twin city.
Doug served our country for four years in the US Marine Corps. Then (as if that weren’t enough) he enlisted for three more years – this time serving in the US Army. After the Army, Doug then joined the forces of the Bristol VA Police Department. There he served us all with honor for twenty-eight years, recently retiring.
This man literally “put his life on the line” for us all for the greater part of his life. He never made much money, of course. Doug’s rewards lie beyond anyone’s ability to count; the satisfaction of knowing one served one’s country, one’s city, one’s fellow citizens – to the fullest possible extent. A life well lived.
Will Scheuer is a “man’s man”. The first time I ever laid eyes on Will he was stooped down in the hall at Van Pelt Elementary, listening intently to a young child. Will is physically powerful, but gentler than any newborn lamb you ever laid eyes on. For years Will was the guidance counselor at Van Pelt Elementary School, where I saw him work miracles daily with children.