~Shared by J. Ranner
Woodloch Pines Resort is proud to announce the unveiling and dedication of our newest room, “The Heroes Room,” in honor of all of our civilian heroes, including firemen, police, and EMTs.
Through Woodloch’s 54 years in business, we have established many life-long friendships. In getting to know our guests, we’ve found that many, while not on vacation, choose lives of service and helping others. The resort finds qualities like these particularly admirable. “We’ve had many close personal friends, including some that are no longer with us, that chose to put their lives on the line for the greater good,” says Joey Ranner, Social Director. “This is just one way we can express our eternal gratitude and share it with others.” In the past, Woodloch saluted both fire and police personnel with games inspired by their causes. This new room allows us to keep the tribute alive 24/7, 365.
One of the resort’s personal inspirations for this room comes from a man by the name of Tom Brick. As a boy, Woodloch was a favorite vacation spot for him and his family. After graduation, he joined the Woodloch family, and we had the pleasure of working with him for several years. Ultimately, he realized his dream of becoming a New York City fireman, graduating in the first fire academy class after 9/11. Brick dutifully marched to the lines of battle, putting the lives of others over his own. Sadly, during a search and rescue mission in December of 2003, Tom was killed in the line of duty. Though Tom’s life was all too brief, his heroism and selflessness will continue to inspire for ages.
Tom’s story is just one of many that Woodloch has heard. That is why we are giving all civilian heroes (police, fire, and EMTs) the opportunity to share their stories. The new Heroes Room will be renovated and redesigned to include service badges, medals, flags and more that loyal guests have so kindly donated. Woodloch invites service men and women to share their stories and memorabilia to be added to the Heroes Room, and we are more than happy to accept any donations. Why let articles of valor sit hidden away when they could be proudly displayed before 40,000 guests per year? Please contact us at [email protected] if you would like to contribute!
Woodloch will be celebrating its first “Heroes Weekend” September 14th-16th, 2012. Activities for the weekend will be centered on our civilian service heroes. The dedication ceremony and grand re-opening of the room will be held on September 15th. Please join us for this day of memory, comradery and appreciation.
Just writing this blog from a personal standpoint, I’m overcome with emotion. While we mourn the loss of great people like Tom, I beam with pride that courage and selfless servitude still exist in the world. We are truly in the company of thousands of heroes, and I thank you all for making the world a better place in which to live.