Thanksgiving feel good story

| November 28, 2013

Chief Tango sends us our holiday feel good story this morning, this time its from Florida where five rambunctious yougsters attempted to break into Peggy and Ira Roberts’ cottage behind their house;

“I said, ‘Who are you and what are you doing out here and what do you want?'” Peggy Roberts told Local 6.

Ira Roberts said he then grabbed a gun and fired a warning shot into the ground.

“Legally, you can’t shoot them when they’re running away, so I pumped one into the ground, which was a good thing (because) it alerted all my neighbors,” he said.

One of the neighbors who heard the shot was Beverly Rose. At the time, she didn’t know who was armed, but said it didn’t stop her from chasing after and tackling one of the suspects.

“When I got him and I tackled him, I put him in like a full nelson so he couldn’t reach (for a possible gun),” said Rose.

Rose, a former professional boxer and football coach, held Justin Goodrich, 23, of Edgewater, until deputies arrived. She even had time to snap pictures as Goodrich was taken away in an ambulance.

“I mean, I could have tackled him on the grass to be honest with you, but I wanted him on the asphalt,” laughed Rose.

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  1. TC says:

    Nothing like a good “feel good” story to start the day. Was just talking about this incident last night at dinner with buddy who lives in the AO. Happy Thanksgiving to Jonn and the rest of the TAH gang.

  2. That went well with the first drink of coffee.
    Happy Thanksgiving to all the great commenters here at TAH.
    The rest of you can leave the table before dessert.

  3. Ex-PH2 says:

    Well, Happy Thanksgiving, indeed! 🙂

  4. Instinct says:

    “I mean, I could have tackled him on the grass to be honest with you, but I wanted him on the asphalt,” laughed Rose.

    I like her style

  5. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    NOTE: LAST YEAR I POSTED THIS AND, IN 2011, SOMETHING SIMILAR TO IT. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO ADD A NAME OF ANYONE YOU LIKE, WHATEVER THE DATE OR CONFLICT IN WHICH THEY JOINED THE FALLEN.

    Today many of us will be with family for a Thanksgiving day of turkey, football, and squabbling. We will think of loved ones who are no longer at the table and say a prayer of thanks for them and our many blessings. We will remember others, too, those who made the supreme sacrifice in service to our country. Below is a sampling, by year, of those whose sacrifice was made in South Vietnam on Thanksgiving Day itself. When I started this small effort, I quickly found that there were far too many men to list here whose casualty date fell on Thanksgiving. For instance, on Thanksgiving in 1968, 14 men died, although only three are listed below. Perhaps you will read their names and know one. In a very real sense, regardless of our age, our dates of service, or our branch–we knew each of them. God bless them all and God bless their families, every day but, especially, today.

    THANKSGIVING DAY CASUALTIES, SOUTH VIETNAM, NOVEMBER 25, 1965
    Arthur Melvin Gordon, Private First Class, US Army; Age at Loss: 19
    William Martin Savoren, Lance Corporal, USMC; Age at Loss: 19
    Donald Raymond Bonko, Captain, US Army; Age at Loss: 28

    THANKSGIVING DAY CASUALTIES, SOUTH VIETNAM, NOVEMBER 24, 1966
    Grady Edward McElroy, Private First Class, US Army; Age at Loss: 22
    William Hixson Hardwick, Private First Class, USMC; Age at Loss: 20
    John Neto Rodrigues, Staff Sergeant, US Army, Age at Loss: 36

    THANKSGIVING DAY CASUALTIES, SOUTH VIETNAM, NOVEMBER 23, 1967
    Francis John Muraco, Corporal, USMC; Age at Loss: 21
    Gary Doyle Roerink, Private First Class, Us Army; Age at Loss: 20
    Leonard Leroy Bevels, Sergeant, US Army; Age at Loss: 25

    THANKSGIVING DAY CASUALTIES, SOUTH VIETNAM, NOVEMBER 28, 1968
    Laurence E Williams, Private, US Army; Age at Loss: 19
    John E Moulden, Specialist Four, US Army, Born 28 November 1945; Age at Loss: 23
    Lonnie Michael Reeves, Lance Corporal, USMC, Age at Loss: 22

    THANKSGIVING DAY CASUALTIES, SOUTH VIETNAM, NOVEMBER 27, 1969
    Wylie Clarence King, Corporal, US Army; Age at Loss: 20
    Angel Luis Acevedo-Millan, Specialist Four, US Army; Age at Loss: 20
    Kenneth James Smolarek, Specialist Four, US Army; Age at Loss: 19

    THANKSGIVING DAY CASUALTIES, SOUTH VIETNAM, NOVEMBER 26, 1970
    Samuel Lee Gantt, Sergeant, US Army; Age at Loss: 25
    Ralph Howell, Staff Sergeant, US Army; Age at Loss: 26
    Philip Eugene Richard, Chief Warrant Officer, US Army; Age at Loss: 21

    THANKSGIVING DAY CASUALTIES, SOUTH VIETNAM, NOVEMBER 25, 1971
    James Richard Thomas, Technical Sergeant, US Air Force; Age at Loss: 28
    Thomas Dean Prose, Airman First Class, US Air Force; Age at Loss: 20
    John William George, Captain, US Air Force; Age at Loss: 26

  6. Sparks says:

    Thank you Air Cav. Thank you for your remembrance. Happy Thanksgiving to all the TAH posters, writers and staff.

  7. Tom Huxton says:

    I do not consider a 23 year old to be a “rambunctious youngster”. Hope he went face-first into the asphalt.

  8. rb325th says:

    @5 thanks for the remembrance. May they all Rest in Peace.

    As to the original topic…. that woman is tough as nails, and love that she waited to take him down on the pavement. Good to see people standing up for themselves and their neighbors!