Hometown Hero - Army Sergeant Nick Conrad

Published 09/02 2014 11:47AM

Updated 09/02 2014 11:57AM

Hearing the call of duty after the event of 9-11 is why a local man joined the Army 10 years ago as we honor Leo resident, Army Sergeant Nick Conrad for his service to our country.

"When we were in New York and he saw Ground Zero, he said he was gonna go do this.  He had to protect us, it took us by surprise, I mean you get a little bit nervous because you know where he's going and what he's gonna be doing but yet you can't help but be proud."

Steve and Kelly Conrad describe how they felt over 10 years ago when there then, 17 year old son Nick came to them and told them he was joining the Army.

"For someone to take the call to put the uniform on, I mean, he joined up during a time of war, which was extremely heart moving and heart felt."

Nick grew up in Leo, Indiana and says he knew for a long time as a teenager, that putting on a uniform was his calling.

"Everybody has got their part in this world."

"To me, there's no better honor than serving my country.  I couldn't foresee myself waking up every morning and not putting on a uniform, that allows us to have our freedom."

Nick enlisted back in 2004 and served as an infantryman for 6 years.

In 2008, he was deployed for a year long tour in Iraq.

"It could have been anywhere from Ballad to Baghdad, all over the place, and that we with convoy security."

"In Iraq, with the way the situation is going, know matter what, you always had to worry about something."

After a short break from guard duty, nick re-enlisted and currently serves as an Air Traffic Controller and just returned from a year long deployment to Kuwait.

"I joined up for another 6 years, they always talk about people being lifers, it's gonna happen.  I'm gonna be in for 20 plus years like my uncle was."

This past Friday night, Nick along with TinCaps management and his dad's help planned a surprise for his mother at the last home game at Parkview Field.  Kelly thought Nick wasn't returning home for another week but once on the field, this proud mom got quite the surprise.

"I am extremely proud of my son, for a man to do what he does for all of us.  How could you not be proud of somebody like this and I thank God every minute for him."

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