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Veteran and author speaks at Clinton Community College

PLATTSBURGH — Thomas Middleton’s journey began on the banks of the Chazy River, where firemen, larger than life, drew water before stomping out fires and saving lives.

He learned about selfless service to others through the chapter 15, verse 13 of the Gospel of John: “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

In Iraq, in 2005, he discovered the horrors of war.

“Most of us don’t brag,” Middleton recently told a crowd at Clinton Community College. “Most of us prefer to keep the rough stuff to ourselves. The return to civilian life is burdened by the scars of war.”

Middleton would eventually tell his tale through his book “Saber’s Edge,” which was published in 2009.

He spent time at Clinton Community College recently as the speaker for a free event sponsored by the Veterans Club to assist the newly established Veterans Assistance Fund. The fund serves veteran students at Clinton Community College by providing emergency funds to those who have difficulties paying for the costs of college.

For more information on the fund, call 562-4195.

Middleton enlisted in the Army Reserve in the summer of 1985 and after basic training returned to finish his senior year at Chazy Central Rural School in 1986.

He became an EMT and decided to focus his life on the healing arts.

He enrolled at Clinton Community College and graduated with an associate degree in 1991, and a year later moved to Vermont for a job with the Burlington Fire Department and transferred to the Vermont Army National Guard.

Middleton met his wife Lisa in 1994. They married and today have five children and one grandchild.

He returned to school and became a Registered Nurse in 1999 while continuing to work for the fire department.

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