By Colleen Lockhart
Debra (Warren) Miller and the Warren family are extending an invitation to the community to help support James Warren’s battle with cancer by attending the spaghetti dinner and auction on Saturday, May 20 at 4 p.m. at the Burton American Legion, 14052 Goodwin Street. The fundraiser includes live auction, basket raffles, 50/50 raffle, magic show, face painting, balloons and more. All donations will go towards medical bills and related expenses for James Warren.
Warren has spent his life serving his country and his community. He was a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force based out of Fairchild AFB in Spokane, Washington. During his service he was a surgical technician and a member of a helicopter rescue team during the Korean War. Warren was also a member of the Strategic Air Command Honor Guard and a member of the competition rifle team. After his discharge, he devoted 28 years as a Rescue Captain for the Burton Volunteer Fire Department and 38 years serving in various positions at the Burton American Legion. These posts include honor guard, membership chairman, newsletter editor, treasurer and post-adjunct. According to the American Legion post, “Jim has flipped more pancakes than the state of Ohio can eat” at their pancake breakfast fundraisers.
Warren worked for the Russell Funeral Home and ambulance service for many years where he rescued and saved many lives. He wrote a book titled “A Soldier’s Profile” that he dedicated to honor and pay respect to mainly Geauga County veterans. He was a deputy sheriff for the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office.
Last April not long before he was diagnosed with cancer, he was chosen to go on the Honors Flight. The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. This is the ultimate thank you to Veterans. He still puts on his uniform and rides with some of his friends to the VA hospital and local nursing homes to visit the older veterans.
As he battles cancer, the medical bills and travel expenses are mounting and now he needs a little support from the community. If you can’t attend the May 20 spaghetti dinner, donations are accepted via the James L. Warren donation account at U.S. Bank. Tickets for the dinner are available at Ferroni’s Allegro Cafe and Bistro, His Daughter, Maggie’s Donuts, Flip Flop Cove, Perfect Occasion Costumes and Magic, all in Middlefield, and Mulligan’s Pub on 422 in Troy.
Contact Debra Miller , 440-781-9875 with questions. She has named this “My Dad’s Battle is My Battle”. Your prayers and support will help him win the fight against cancer.
This tribute to a local veteran, was published with the support of Sheoga Hardwoods and Flooring on 15320 Burton Windsor Road in Middlefield.