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Northwood University holds 9/11 memorial recognizing local military, first responders

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CEDAR HILL – Northwood University Women’s Soccer Coach Tyler Powell has seen the selflessness and sacrifice of America’s military and first responders firsthand, since his brother is a former Marine who served in Iraq and now works as fireman for the Duncanville Fire Department.


That’s why he decided to organize a 9/11 commemoration on Northwood’s campus, honoring local veterans and first responders for their heroism.


“The least we can do as a society is recognize them for their heroic choice to serve our community and country,” Powell said. “This gave our students and athletes a chance to take a step back and realize what a big role these people play in making our society run a smoothly as it does. Without a doubt, they are always a phone call away, and this was a good way to show them our appreciation.” 


The ceremony, which took place in the early evening Sept. 11 and included about a dozen local first responders, also gave the student body a chance to recognize two of their own who served in the military before attending Northwood.


Ranger Parrish, a senior at Northwood, served in the U.S. Army, and Ryan Schexnayder, a junior, served in the Marines.  Schexnayder also earned the Purple Heart during his time in the service. Both play soccer for Northwood.


“This helps us give back to our local fire department in a small way,” Powell said. “It’s easy to forget what they do for us, but an event like this can help keep us grounded.”


David Allen, Battalion Chief for the Cedar Hill Fire Department, said they were flattered to be asked to attend the 9/11 commemoration. Chief Allen was on duty on Sept. 11, 2001, and said it was especially difficult because no one knew whether the Dallas area would be attacked.


“We’re here because of all the innocent victims who died that day,” said Chief Allen of Sept. 11, 2001. “It’s one of those things you never forget. We want to make sure people understand it – and never forget it.”


About Northwood University

Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills and personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.


Private, nonprofit and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in Southern Florida, mid-Michigan and Northern Texas.  Adult Degree Programs are available in eight states with many course delivery options including online.  The DeVos Graduate School offers full-time, evening and industry specific master’s degree programs for entrepreneurs and executives in Michigan, Texas and Switzerland.  The Alden B. Dow Creativity Center on the Midland, Michigan, campus specializes in creative thinking and innovation development.  International education is offered through terms abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Bahrain.  Northwood University also operates the Margaret Chase Smith Library in Maine.


50 Years of Enterprise and Ethics

Northwood University is marking its 50-year anniversary.  Founded in 1959, Northwood has grown to a national and international presence and is an influential advocate for free enterprise. Celebrations are planned across the country and around the world to commemorate the vision and success of Northwood University’s founders, Drs. R. Gary Stauffer and Arthur Turner. 


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