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Live by the Seven

VETERAN PATRICK CROUSE SHARES HIS FAMILY’S CODE WITH A SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY. By Gabi Jenkins

PATRICK CROUSE is one of many in his family to serve in the United States Armed Forces. His family’s history in the military dates back to the 1700s. From the Revolutionary War to World War II, Patrick’s family has served in the milary in any way they could. It’s a tradition to continue the legacy of his grandfathers by sharing the stories of his past. For example, his family’s code is to “live by the seven.” It is seven words that should be used everyday: yes sir/ma’am, no sir/ma’am, please, and thank you. His father taught him this, and he has carried that with him everyday and instilled it in the hearts of others. From his family to yours, you too can live by the code. However, the code is not the only thing being shared. In this case, he would like to share his story with you. Patrick was stationed in Hohenfels, Germany. In his unit, he was a gunner for the M1 Abrams tank. He learned many life skills and made many fond memories during his years of service. One of his favorite memories was the day his tank became known as the flaming chicken after it caught on fire. After four years, he was honorably discharged for his service. Despite his discharge, he never stopped serving his community: Anthem. Patrick has a big heart. After his four years in the military, he followed the footsteps of his father and became a police officer in the Phoenix department. He became a patrol rifle instructor, teaching new cadets to handle firearms properly. When he’s not instructing and driving around the city, he easily expresses his joy to serve the community, whether he’s protecting them from danger or helping them with gardening work. His job is not the only way he gives back to the community. He coaches girls junior varsity and varsity soccer at Boulder Creek High School. He teaches them to respect people, act with integrity, discipline themselves, and so much more. For instance, last year, the girls soccer team rang bells for the Salvation Army. Meanwhile, any money Patrick makes from coaching girls soccer goes to the Boy Scouts, where his son, Trevor Crouse, was an Eagle Scout. Trevor carried the same fire and passion for serving others like his father, Patrick. Unfortunately, Trevor died four

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