George Desser a South side resident took part in the Foster 100 mile Marathon on September 11th. This is George‘s 4th time he has participated in this event.
Erick was a born leader. No one pushed himself harder or cared for his teammates more.
Erick commissioned into the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant in May, 2000 after graduating from Duquesne University. His first deployment took him to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.
Upon his return, Erick earned his Ranger Tab and was then assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC. With the 82nd, Erick was assigned to serve as the Troop Commander for A Troop, 1st Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team.
On August 28, 2007, Erick was leading his soldiers on patrol in Muqdadiya, Iraq, when his unit was ambushed by insurgents. Struck by small arms fire, Erick was medevaced but ultimately succumbed to his wounds on August 29, 2007.
The event provides Veterans with resources that the U.S. Military, VA and government do not provide.
The charitable event raises funds for Veterans which include Service Dogs, Financial Support, PTSD support, Grants and many other programs for Veterans.
NO HERO LEFT BEHIND is the motto of the Foster 100.
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George (holding Flag) with Team Members