Defense attorney John Carrigan passed away last week at the age of 86.
I met John when I was a first time Felony Three, He was a very nice man. On top of being a nice man, he was also an incredibly interesting man, as this article will attest.
I believe I read last week that there is only one living American survivor of World War I, and the veterans of World War II are becoming fewer in number with every day.
The thing I liked the most about John was that he knew the important role he played in history, and he passed that history down by telling his story. Meeting a pilot who served in the Pacific Arena, flying over thirty missions, and living to tell the is a rare treasure.
I never had the opportunity to talk to a World War I veteran, and I wish I had. I'm glad that I got to talk to John Carrigan and hear his stories.
I'm glad that I didn't let that life lesson pass me by.
Rest in Peace, Mr. Carrigan. You were truly an American hero.