Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Sun Valley has lost a hero

I didn't know Chick Bridge very long or very well. But I did know him long enough and well enough to realize that the Sun Valley community lost a superior human being last week.

Upon graduation, as a star athlete from college, Chick joined the Air Force. He became a helicopter pilot, and flew many missions into North Vietnam. His primary duties were to rescue downed and trapped U.S. servicemen. He routinely received hostile and severe fire, and for this was awarded, among other citations, the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal. He had no reason to mention any of this to me, and never did. I suppose heroes act this way.

After leaving the service, he spent several decades piloting commercial jets, fathering three outstanding children and engaging and enriching the Sun Valley community along with his vivacious wife, Sharon.

His memorial service was joyful and filled with life and optimism. Fitting.

Marty Erdheim

Sun Valley

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