Josh Hamilton

Retired Sgt. Joshua Hamilton, US Army   Josh Hamilton knew from a very young age he wanted to serve his country and follow in the footsteps of his grandfather, father, and uncle, he just never guessed there were going to be so many obstacles in the way to reaching that goal. Diagnosed with stage 3 melanoma as a child, the military…

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Jim Roos

Retired United States Marine Corps Jim Roos found the Dive Pirates through the Denver Divers chapter and couldn’t wait to get certified after a Try Scuba session. His wife and dive buddy Joanne is a PADI certified diver and has helped Jim get into diving. A strong swimmer all his life and with a love…

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Jared Davis

Jared Davis of Springville, Tennessee was 20 years old at the time of his injury. While asleep in the back seat of a car, the driver fell asleep at the wheel and crashed the vehicle. The wreck blew out Jared’s C-4 and C-5, paralyzing him from the neck down and confining him to a wheelchair.…

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Derrick McMillon

Retired Sgt. Derrick McMillon, US Army Sergeant First Class Derrick McMillon is a man who doesn’t like to be slowed down. A former Army Ranger and proud veteran, Derrick has adapted to his injuries well and stays as active as possible. Now, Derrick is taking on a new challenge; scuba diving with the Dive Pirates.…

2021 recipient Kamron Lopez

Kamron Lopez

Former Sgt. Kamron Lopez, USMC Kamron of Las Vegas, Nevada joined the Marine Corps after High School, the sixth member of his family to join the Armed Forces. He wanted to see new places and people and experience combat while defending his nation. During his service, he was stationed in Japan, the Middle East, Africa, and…

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Scott Wilson

Scott Wilson Scott comes from a military family, and after he graduated from high school his plan was to work a year or two in the oilfield to get some money behind them and then join the marines.  He had all of his paperwork in and was three weeks from leaving to begin his military career when…

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Allison Nicola

Allison Nicola For Allison Nicola 16 years ago, life was very different. She lived life on the edge, taking to the slopes at any opportunity. She was age 15 when the accident happened; going too fast over a 40-foot jump in a snowboarding competition, she shattered her ninth and tenth thoracic vertebrae. Now, paralyzed from…

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Robin Davis

Former Senior Airman Robin Davis, USAF As far back as she can remember, Robin always dreamed of being a fighter pilot. So, she made up her mind she was going to join the Air Force, even though it was not a position held by women. Her plans changed when she had a son at an…

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Benjamin Hetrick

Former Lance Corporal Benjamin Hetrick, USMC Ben’s life changed forever when he was in a motorcycle accident in 2012. The crash caused a complete break of his spinal cord at the T-12 vertebra, paralyzing him completely from the waist down. His ordeal reminds us of the dangers faced on the road daily.  However, Ben has…

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Kelly Talamantes

Kelly Talamantes No one can slow down Kelly Talamantes of Fort Worth. Moving from Florida with her husband and two children, they were well settled until one night in April of 2017. Returning home from an evening out, a young driver turned in front of, and struck, Kelly and her husband. The resulting collision sent…