Sunday, June 24, 2012
Blue Star Moms triumph in parachute plunge
LIMA — Retired Sgt. 1st Class Michael “Big Mike” Elliott waited patiently on the tarmac Saturday afternoon while Marjorie Bryan posed with her longtime friend, Marianna Sherman, for a crowd of friends and relatives snapping a few last photos.
Then in a loud voice, Elliot called out the all-important question:
“Well, Margie, are you ready to skin this cat?”
A brief plane ride later, Elliott was guiding Bryan, an 83-year-old Blue Star Mother from Lima, back to earth in a tandem parachute jump from more than 10,000 feet up.
About an hour later, Sherman, 82, of Kenton, completed her own jump.
The great-grandmothers parachuted Saturday at Allen County Airport to raise funds for the local Blue Star Mothers chapter and its Lima Veterans Food Pantry. They jumped in tandem with Elliott and a team of six other members of the Ranger Group, a band of retired Army Ranger paratroopers with loads of training and experience.