Benjamin Kopp – A Real American Hero

August 4th, 2009 | by Sqotty |

I heard about this story while listening to Greg and Melissa on KS95 this morning. It is a heart-wrenching story that stopped me in my tracks. It is the story of a real American hero, who not only gave his life for his country, but went on to save another life after his untimely death. It is the story of Corporal Benjamin Kopp, of Rosemount, Minnesota, member of the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, and of Judy Meikle of Chicago, Illinois.

Kopp died as a result of gunshot wounds received while serving in Afghanistan. He had previously served two tours in Iraq. He was 21 years old. On July 10th, Kopp was wounded in the leg while saving the lives of six of his fellow soldiers. He died a few days later as a result of his injuries. A tragic end to his short life. God’s speed, Benjamin Kopp.

This fine young man did one other thing in life that lives on. He signed an organ donor card.

From KSTP-TV (read the whole article and watch the video!):

Judy Meikle, of Chicago, says she has been long awaiting a heart transplant. Two weeks ago the 57-year-old got a call from her close friend Maria Burud, saying that her cousin, Kopp, had died and was donating his organs.

Kopp’s heart was a perfect match.

“It stopped me in my tracks, I couldn’t walk. I kind of go back there now just thinking about it-just to experience that joy along with my sorrow. That’s got to be what a miracle, feels like it,” said Jill Stephenson, the fallen soldier’s mother.

“I have a heart of an Army Ranger who is a bonifided hero,” Meikle said.

Bona fide hero, in more ways than one.

The article mentions two funds that people can donate to in Kopp’s memory. I will be sending a check to Lead the Way Fund, which is dedicated to the families of U.S. Rangers who died or been disabled, as well as helping the families of Rangers currently deployed.

My deepest condolences to the Kopp family for your loss. Not only did he give his life so others could live, but he kept on giving the gift of life even after his final breath. He is a real American Hero, and will be d

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