When Ohio Flame was started in 2009, it was with the help of Matt Skillman’s 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 his early endeavors by helping him make Fire Pits in his garage. Sadly, in 2011, the family discovered that he had cancer. Dave was always a strong warrior, and despite his prognosis, he continued to help Matt as long as he was physically able to. He ultimately taught him how to weld. Dave Will passed away on March 11, 2012 but he continues to mean so much to Matt 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. Our annual Veterans Appreciation event is a small way in which we can express sincere appreciation to the brave men and women who have sacrificed to serve our great nation.