Marine Stands Guard for 8 Hours at Hospital Room of Dying Boy

Most Popular - General

Marine stands guard - Riley Hospital for Children12-year-old Cody Green always admired the strength and courage of the U.S. Marines. Last month, it was the Marines admiring the strength and courage of Cody.

To honor his undaunted optimism and long-time struggle with leukemia, during which he beat the cancer into remission three times, the Indiana fifth-grader was made an honorary Marine.

But that wasn't enough for Sergeant Mark Dolfini who took it upon himself to drive over to Riley Hospital for Children where the boy was bed-ridden.

He made the decision to stand guard in his dress uniform at Cody's hospital door all night long, for eight hours straight. It was the night before Cody passed.

Dolfini said one of the most difficult things he ever had to do happened during Cody's funeral when he locked eyes with the boy's mother, Tracy.

"We looked straight into each other's eyes and I saluted her," he told WLFI-News. "or that moment in time that we were locked in each other's gaze, keeping your bearing at that point is a tough thing to do."

(WATCH the video below, or READ the full story from WLFI)

 Thanks to Diane Goullard for sending the link!


#1 Grateful1 2012-07-07 12:22
What a beautiful thing to do!

Please register and/or log-in to post comment.

RSS Feed

Add GNN to your favorite
newsfeed reader!

(includes myYahoo and Google)

Subscribe to GNN newsfeed!



Your Top 10 good newsletter today was so good.  It lifted my spirits more than any other issue. A couple items even choked me up. People need to know the good stuff that is happening, to inspire them to greater heights. We need to know that our efforts are paying off, that we can build a paradise -- and we’re doing it. Thank you for singing this from the hilltops... a most valuable, important service.
-Tony Milch, Burbank, CA

View all