Horne, 34, spent much of his childhood here in Patterson, and several residents who attended high school in the 1990s said he was exceptional even in his youth, in both his behavior and his kind spirit.
That exceptional nature extended into Horne’s 14-year career with the U.S. Coast Guard. Among his accolades was a Commendation Medal received in Emerald Isle, N.C., for his leadership in 63 search-and-rescue cases that saved 38 lives, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Horne’s heroic deeds and his willingness to put his life on the line are reminders of the important role of the U.S. Coast Guard, which is often considered the forgotten branch of the military.
“Coasties” engage in a slew of search-and-rescue efforts each year and are responsible for protecting our nation’s waterways. That work can be dangerous — and too frequently unrecognized.
Horne should be honored for his selfless and valiant work on behalf of our nation, and his life should be celebrated.
Patterson residents would do well to take time this week to reflect on his life and to remember his family in their thoughts and prayers.
May this also be a time to recognize all members of the Coast Guard and the work they do for our country.