Patrick, the son of a veteran, has always wanted to get involved with Wreaths Across American, and he did his part by transporting a load of 6,400 wreaths 1,500 miles from Columbia Falls, Maine, to St. Louis, Missouri, a three-day trip in total.
“This organization delivers wreaths to more than 48 states and carries more than 2,000 loads to cemeteries across the U.S.,” said Comerford. “It was a great experience to be a part of it and being able to meet other volunteers, many of which were veterans.”
While Patrick delivers airport freight for Michael Lewis Company, based in Chicago, and Boston’s Logan International Airport being a part of his route, he drove 300 miles north of this typical course to Maine to load up on wreaths and then set off for St. Louis where he transferred the load to another driver who took it to its final destination in Colorado. This marks the first time an Aim driver has participated in Wreaths Across America.
“Patrick came to us with the idea, and we thought it was great,” said Mike Ludwiczak, regional director of logistics. “He’s a fantastic driver and trainer who is always going above and beyond as an employee and a human. I’d take 1,000 Patricks if I could find them. It was a no-brainer to allow him to use the equipment for his cause.”
“There’s nothing stronger than the heart of a veteran,” said Comerford. “And I hope I have the opportunity to honor our veterans by doing it again next year.”