They say that only the good die young, and I learned this weekend that the saying hits home to the MMA Community as well. This Sunday, our very own John Garvey was killed in a motor vehicle accident and had to have the jaws of life used to get him out of the vehicle. John Garvey was recent graduate from MMA in December 2011, Marine Engineer who graduated MMA in only 3.5 years. I did not know him very well, but just by being in MMA (since our school is so small) I knew who he was. Many of my youngies also had him as a hold captain on this past Sea Term. It is a tragic and terrible thing to happen, especially since he was so young and had so much left to live. This Friday I will be attending his funeral with the Honor Guard as a "sideboy."
At morning formation we have been flying the flag at half mast in his honor and will continue to do so for the remainder of the week. Please keep his family and friends in your prayers. If you are interested in more information, the post of the accident is here.
On a lighter note, I met so many companies at the CMA Conference and contacted many of those that I met and thanked them for speaking with me. One of the companies, the International Shipping Registry is interested in having me as an intern in Reston, Virginia and tomorrow at 1600 I have a conference call with them to discuss such a great opportunity. Wish me luck! I would love to be able to work for them one day, so this would be a great experience.