Smokies' honoring a fallen soldier

5:07 PM, Jul 14, 2011   |    comments
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Mick Gillespie has been the Voice of the Smokies for the last five seasons. But this year, he's decided to use that voice to catch a different audience.

"I was doing it because I lost one of my best friends. It's something that's on my heart everyday. To get the opportunity to help him, it was kind of a way of giving back to my friend."

In September of 2010, Senior Airman Mark Forester was killed in Afghanistan while trying to save a fellow soldier. He was 29-years-old.

Gillespie and Smokies pitcher Trey McNutt were close family friends of Forester's. Together they came up with an idea to honor their fallen hero.

"Trey and I were at spring training. I was doing stuff for the Cubs. We both went to the funeral, and when I saw Thad, and Mark's mom and dad, their pain and their loss , I was like we're getting involved," Gillespie said.

Gillespie and McNutt started the Mark Forester Price of Freedom Scholarship. It will go to one student from Hayleysville High School in Alabama who embodies Forester's character and his passion.

"Mark didn't use foul language, he didn't cuss, he didn't drink, he didn't smoke. He was the type of person that everyone respected he's the kind of person that you want your kids to grow up and be like."














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