Mrs. Williams’ third grade class has chosen to recognize Mark Andrew Forester as our hero. Mark is a former graduate of Haleyville High School, class of 1999. While Mark was serving as a full-time missionary in California, our nation was attacked on September 11, 2001. As a young man of 20 years old, he was outraged by this act and knew then it was his calling to fight terrorism. Mark received his college degree, and then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in June 2007. Despite everyone telling him to go in as an officer, he wanted to enlist because he wanted to start from the bottom up and he knew his chances of getting better deployment opportunities would be increased as an enlisted airman. He wanted the toughest job the military could offer, and Air Force Combat Controller was what he was looking for. Mark was deployed to one of the most coveted areas by Combat Controllers in May 2010, FOB Cobra. Mark was killed in Afghanistan while attempting to save a fallen comrade on September 29, 2010. Today we honor the family of our local fallen hero, Senior Airman Mark Andrew Forester.