CITIZEN SPOTLIGHT: Spencer Lang
First, I want to thank everyone in Snowberry Creek who helped with this year’s Memorial Day remembrance. I know those in our community who have served our country appreciated the effort you all put in to make this year extra special, especially when one of our own has come back home.
And with that in mind, it’s time to shine our spotlight on Spencer Lang. I promised to keep the interview short, but I know you all want to join me in welcoming Spence home.
Thank you for agreeing to talk with us today, Spence.
You’re welcome, Mayor.
So, how does it feel to be back home, Spence? And are you planning to return to active duty or are you here to stay?
I won’t be returning to active duty, but I haven’t quite made up my mind what I’m going to do. For now, I’m helping out at the Wolfe factory and hanging out with my dog, Mooch.
<smiling> I’ve met Mooch. He’s quite a dog, and his story is amazing. I understand he was quite the hero while you were serving in Afghanistan.
That’s true. He joined us on patrol one night and sounded the alarm to keep us from walking into an ambush. Poor guy, he got shot for his effort.
From what I hear, he’s adjusted well to life here in the States.
Now, I’m betting what really makes him happy is being reunited with his best friend. From what I hear, he put on quite a display of doggie affection the night you came back to town and that he managed to track you down where you’re staying with no help from your buddies, Nick and Leif. Tell us about that.
That he did. I was asleep when something started raising all kinds of racket on the front porch. I figured it for a raccoon or some other kind of varmint. Instead, it was this fellow doing his best to break down the front door.
Speaking of Nick and Leif, I bet the three of you are glad to be back together. I know the people here in town are impressed with your friends. Were you surprised to find out they’ve decided to settle here in Snowberry Creek?
Yeah, it was. <glances at his watch> Sorry to cut this short, Mayor, but I’m due at the factory. Will Cosgrove doesn’t much like it when I’m late.
I’m well aware of Will’s temper, Spence. If you’re late, make sure to tell him it’s my fault. Take care and let my office know if there’s anything we can help you with as you settle back into civilian life. Although I know you’ve heard it before, Spence, it can’t be said too often as far as I’m concerned. We’re all glad you’re home.
I appreciate that, Mayor.
One last note for everyone reading this. Don’t miss out on the Father’s Day barbecue, because it’s going to be a dandy. There’s going to be a cook off between the members of our police department and the fire department, so the food is going to be extra good this year. Also know that all the proceeds are going to a couple of very worthy charities, but more about that later.
Take care, everyone!