This weekend you’ll have a chance to thank a true American hero.
I will be acting as emcee of A NIGHT AT THE RACES to benefit the 1st LT. Jeffrey F. Deprimo Memorial Fund. Jeffrey, from Pittston, was killed in Afghanistan in 2008 during Operation Enduring Freedom.
I work with Jeffrey’s cousin Desiree and a few years ago gladly accepted her offer to help with the event. Even though I never had the chance to meet Jeffrey I’ve gotten to know his Mom, family & friends and feel as though I’ve gotten to know Jeffrey as well.
Hope to see you tomorrow night.
And may the best horse win!
A NIGHT AT THE RACES
Saturday March 31
St. Anthony’s Parish Center, 28 Memorial St, Exeter
Admission $5.00 (Adults only)
Admission price includes food & beverages
Army 1st Lt. Jeffrey F. Deprimo Died May 20, 2008 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom
Pa. guardsman killed by bomb in Afghanistan
The Associated Press
HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Pennsylvania National Guard soldier and two others were killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, military officials said Wednesday.
First Lt. Jeffrey F. Deprimo, 35, of Pittston, was killed near the town of Ghazni early Tuesday along with a Navy lieutenant and an interpreter, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.
The driver and gunner, both state Guard soldiers, were injured in the attack and evacuated to Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.
DePrimo, who worked as a car detailer at a Ford dealership in Exeter, volunteered to go to Afghanistan, according to co-workers.
“We couldn’t take him away from going over and fighting for his country,” said Dan Lane, sales manager at the dealership. “Nothing could have stopped him. It’s what he wanted in his heart.”
Deprimo, who served with the Scranton-based 109th Infantry, had been commander of the lead convoy vehicle when it came under attack.