Tuesday, July 26, 2016


Athens Mayor Nancy Denson, a member of the Classic City of Athens Rotary Club, presented United States Marine Sergeant Ryan Pass with the Key to The City at the June 20th Classic City Rotary Club meeting. 

Sgt. Pass received the Bronze Star for bravery in the line of duty in Iraq.  His unit was pinned down by gunfire when two of his marines were hit.  He was able to continue returning fire while getting both of his fellow marines to safety and thus they were transported for medical assistance.  They both recovered from their wounds.

Sgt. Pass is a native Athenian and graduated from high school in Athens.  Many of his family members were in attendance, as well as his best friend growing up and his best friend’s family.  Mayor Denson also read a proclamation naming June 14, 2016, as Sergeant Ryan Pass Day in Athens.   Sgt. Pass is currently stationed at Camp Pendleton in California.

Athens Mayor and Rotarian Nancy Denson
with US Marine Sergeant Ryan Pass

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