Cranks My Tractor

Published: Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 10:00 AM.

Casey and Draco were known in their community for great service and incredible deeds.  In 2009, Casey and Draco found a lost 2 year-old little girl in a cornfield.  That was just typical for the man and dog tandem.

I met Casey in 2010 in an online classroom.  They say taking online classes is “not personal.”  It is.  Casey was the type of student any instructor or parent would be proud to have.  He took his studies seriously and was very gifted.

After having Casey in class we stayed in touch.  It was nice to see the pictures of him, his beautiful friends and Draco.  He had a wonderful sense of humor.

Casey placed first in his class of 127 trainees at basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.  During his time in the Air Force, Casey was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Air Force Good Conduct Medal and was named Airman of the Year in 2005.

Casey and Draco were killed by a drunk driver while on duty parked in the median of an interstate in Illinois on October 30, 2013.

Casey Kohlmeier was 29; he had a wonderful girlfriend, family and large circle of friends who loved him dearly.

He once told me that I was the best instructor he ever had.  You remember things like that.

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