Monday, July 14, 2014

Mayor Getty joins Marine recruits for training at Veterans Park in Lyons

Mayor Getty joins Marine recruits for training at Veterans Park in Lyons

Lyons Mayor Chris Getty joins new Marine recruits at Veterans Park
Lyons Mayor Chris Getty joins new Marine recruits at Veterans Park
Lyons Mayor Christopher Getty participated in a monthly training event early Saturday morning on July 12th hosted by the Marine Recruiters of the Oak Park Recruiting Station.

Despite the heavy rainfall, Mayor Getty and more than 30 Marine Recruits gathered outside Veterans Park in Lyons for a monthly training session designed to prepare the Marine Recruits for the Marine Corps Boot Camp.

Staff Sergeant Jason Thomas, who also serves as a Village Trustee in Lyons, runs the Oak Park Recruiting Station and lead Mayor Getty and the Marine Recruits through a vigorous physical training session, which included a 3 mile cadence run, a series of crunches and pull ups and an additional timed mile and a half run.

“It is vital that Marine Recruits are both physically and mentally prepared for the Marine Corps Boot Camp, which is why these training functions for the Recruits are crucial,” Thomas said.

Lyons Mayor Chris Getty joins new Marine recruits at Veterans Park
Lyons Mayor Chris Getty joins new Marine recruits at Veterans Park
Thomas said that the village of Lyons is one of the recruiting districts assigned to the Oak Park Office and he was happy to hold the event there this month.

“It is great that Mayor Getty came out today to not only show his support for the recruits but to also witness firsthand what this experience is like,” said Thomas.

Mayor Getty did not receive any special treatment throughout the exercises and was pushed just as hard as any of my other recruits."

“It is a rigorous training that new recruits go through to prepare to become Marines. I was honored to be able to participate with the recruits in their training,” Mayor Getty said.

“Many of these recruits are either in high school or recently graduated and they already display the dedication, valor, and commitment of wanting to become a Marine and to serve our country proudly."

Lyons Residents, Kyle Duffek, 17, and Michael Lamiot, 17, are among the newest recruits to enlist for the Marines out of the Oak Park Recruiting Station.

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