Local Solider’s Statue Unveiled

ROCKFORD, IA – You can tell that Jon Tumilson is a man many will never forget and is still greatly missed.

Family, friends, fellow comrades, and even people who were just touched by Jon’s story gathered at Fossil and Prairie Park to honor his memory.

The evening was dedicated to the unveiling a statue put in the park of Jon and his beloved dog Hawkeye.

There were about seven speakers who talked about the Navy Seal and Rockford native.

He was killed in 2011 after his helicopter was shot down over Afghanistan.

Jon was one of 22 Seals killed that day.

Now, his Iowa community is coming together, to remember the man everyone loved.

“Its just so great to have something in place where we can come, and remember him and just some place that he loved to be back here at home,” said Joy McMeekan, Jon’s sister.

The statue was put in place there due Jon loving to run there with his dog Hawkeye.

The money for the statue was raised through local donations, 5k’s, and even a fun golf outing in Texas.

Jon’s sister tells us, her family couldn’t be more grateful for the love and support the community and others across the nation have given them.

Tumilson’s sister says that every time Jon’s friends come visit Rockford, they always comment they know why he loved here, saying Iowa represents the ideal All-American hometown.

Photos courtesy of Carla Miller.

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