When Ohio Flame was started in 2009, it was with the help of my uncle who was a Vietnam Veteran. Dave Will was a decorated Veteran who loved his family and his country. There was nothing that he wouldn’t do to help family. Dave greatly assisted my early endeavors by helping me make Fire Pits in his garage. Sadly, in 2011, we discovered that he had cancer. Dave was always a strong warrior, and despite his prognosis, he continued to help me as long as he was physically able to. He ultimately taught me how to weld. Dave Will passed away on March 11, 2012 but he continues to mean so much to me and the business. His memory lives on as we named our Fire Pits “The Patriot” in his honor. We also continue to honor all of our brave US Veterans who serve selflessly to protect the freedoms that we enjoy as Americans.
We started the Veterans Appreciation event in 2012 and received an overwhelming response. We were happy to continue the event for 2013 so that we could again honor a US Veteran that has made a difference in someone’s life. This year, we received so many great and heartwarming stories, that in the end, we had to pick two submissions. This year, we salute SGT Ernest Rowland and Michael Sun. Congratulations and thank you both for your service!
SGT Ernest Rowland