This is a discussion on Special Agent Stephen E. Sullivan within the Bob & Terry's Place forums, part of the The Back Porch category; Today, September 19th, 2008, marks the third anniversary of the death of SA Sullivan, "Sully" to his friends and colleagues. Sully was a Marine, a ...
Today, September 19th, 2008, marks the third anniversary of the death of SA Sullivan, "Sully" to his friends and colleagues. Sully was a Marine, a Navy Corpsman, a volunteer who helped at-risk youth, and eventually a Special Agent with the Diplomatic Security Service. Coming on with DSS in 2002, he served in the Miami Field Office before volunteering for duty in Afghanistan, and then Iraq.
On 19 SEP 2005, Sully was in a convoy doing advance work for a protective security detail in Mosul, Iraq. A vehicle laden with explosives tried to force its way into the convoy. Sully's vehicle rammed this VBIED and forced it away from the convoy - the ensuing explosion destroyed only Sully's vehicle. Sully died instantly, along with three Blackwater Personal Security Specialists.
Sully was a classmate of mine in the Basic Special Agent's Course, and a friend. He was funny, irreverent, occasionally silly, but always utterly competent. He had been around the world, and experienced much of the worst of human nature. Despite (or perhaps because of) this, he was always able to see the humor in the darkest situations.
I miss Sully - I miss his sea stories, his Boston accent. I miss him busting the chops of our less-than-stellar agents, and I miss busting his chops about his Boston accent, his days as a sailor, and his prematurely gray hair. Mostly, though, I just miss him.
It's well into the 19th here in Baghdad, so I ask you all - tip a glass to Sully tonight, and remember everyone, from every branch, agency and department, who goes into harms way every single day so that others may sleep peaceably in their beds.
To you, Sully….
A man fires a rifle for many years, and he goes to war. And afterward he turns the rifle in at the armory, and he believes he's finished with the rifle. But no matter what else he might do with his hands - love a woman, build a house, change his son's diaper - his hands remember the rifle.
“Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it.” ~Pericles of Athens
Primary Carry - Colt Commander .45 in a Brommeland Max-Con V
I got a little sumpthen' from Kentucky I'll have in his honor......right now.
To Special Agent Stephen E. Sullivan
"Just getting a concealed carry permit means you haven't commited a crime yet. CCP holders commit crimes." Daniel Vice, senior attorney for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, quoted on Fox & Friends, 8 Jul, 2008
(Sometimes) "a fight avioded is a fight won." ... claude clay
Here's to Sully, a brother I've never met.
"Just blame Sixto"
Fair winds and following seas, and may the Good Lord hold Sully in the palm of His hand.
"Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups"
To Sully, and all others in harms way!
"He went on two legs, wore clothes and was a human being, but nevertheless he was in reality a wolf of the Steppes. He had learned a good deal . . . and was a fairly clever fellow. What he had not learned, however, was this: to find contentment in himself and his own life. The cause of this apparently was that at the bottom of his heart he knew all the time (or thought he knew) that he was in reality not a man, but a wolf of the Steppes."
This bud's for you Sully!
NRA Certified Pistol Instructor
A gun in the hand is a million times more valuable than a cop on the phone!
FL Concealed Weapon or Firearm Program
To our fallen comrad and all he stood for...duty, honor, and country.
Thanks for your service Sully, you will not be forgotten.
"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier
and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the
service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the
love and thanks of man and woman."
-- Thomas Paine (The American Crisis, No. 1, 19 December 1776)
and OPFOR, and all those who risk their lives that we might be free.
Thank you for your service.
I only wish everyone in the USA got it....
God bless you all.
He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. - Jim Elliott
The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.
One for Sully tonight, and I'll make it something Irish!
EOD - Initial success or total failure
Maker's Mark and a short fat glass, in memory of a fellow warrior.
"Deine Papieren bitte?" or "ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ !"
(Choose only one)
NRA Endowment Member
"I bark at no man's bid. I will never come and go, and fetch and carry, at the whistle of the great man in the White House no matter who he is." -- David Crockett
To Sully (and our other brothers and sisters), we thank you for all you did and continue to do!
"Don't hit a man if you can possibly avoid it; but if you do hit him, put him to sleep." - Theodore Roosevelt