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OSAGE, Iowa – It’s been more than two years since a north Iowa man lost his life serving our country.
Rockford native Jon Tumilson was one of 30 navy seals killed in Afghanistan in August of 2011 when their helicopter was shot down in combat.
Since Tumilson’s tragic death, there have been countless events and fundraisers held in his honor and one of them took place on Saturday morning.
Fox River Mill partnered with ‘3 Minutes Out’, a foundation created in honor of Tumilson, as apart of their Socktober Fest in Osage.
The day kicked off with a 10K followed by a 5K and with over 200 people in attendance, the event brought back the awareness of how much our service men and women sacrifice for our country.
Jon’s brother-in-law, Scott McMeekan was there representing 3 Minutes Out and he said events like this are “about waking people up.”
He went on to talk about how Jon’s death impacted his family and others in the community.
“As patriotic as we were as a family we still for woken up so to speak after John was killed and it’s just so important for people to realize that everything they do on a daily basis is because they’re free,” he said.
Not only does this race bring people together for a good cause, it also helps keep Jon’s memory alive.
Jon’s mother Kathy hopes that events like this will remind people of the service men and women, like her son, who put their lives on the line for us every day.
“It is comforting,” she said, “that his death was not for not you know; that his death made a difference in a lot of peoples live and that’s kind of why we have the foundation too is to remind people that the price of freedom is not free.”