Each day, we will randomly highlight one service member’s life, and include links and stories. We choose to never forget, and this is our way, before the run, to remember our fallen service members.
Army Spc. Ebe Emolo was born in Ivory Coast. He lived his teenage and young adult years in France. And after immigrating to the United States in 1999, Ebe Emolo wanted to gain citizenship — then serve his new country in the U.S. Army.
Emolo, 33, a onetime security officer for Women’s Hospital in Greensboro, was killed in a roadside bomb blast in Iraq. He is survived locally by his sister, his wife and his young stepson. “He was just a real class-act guy,” said Craig Shaw, a fellow security officer, who said Emolo encouraged him during his studies at N.C. A&T. “He would go out of his way to help people, whether staff, patients or visitors.”
Though news of his sudden death stunned the hospital staff, former co-workers shared memories Wednesday of their beloved colleague. Two things stand out: Emolo was a man quick to smile who viewed his sister as a best friend and a man who took pride in his new American citizenship.
Information for this story was acquired from the News & Record.
We will run for Ebe on August 8, 2008 outside Clinton, Tennessee.