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November 9, 2012

City asks for age waiver for four-tour combat veteran

serving his community

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He volunteered for deployment back to Iraq in May 2008, where he provided protection and support to joint security stations throughout the country.

In March 2010, he volunteered for deployment to Afghanistan with a Naval Mobile Construction Battalion, where he was the lead petty officer managing a 60-man crew on a $7.3 million project to complete 16 two-story buildings.

That November, he volunteered again for deployment to Afghanistan, this time with a different construction battalion where he was an officer-in-charge of a 13-man crew completing two forward operating bases and a 1,500-foot runway.

His list of awards includes a Navy commendation medal, two Army commendation medals, a Valorous Unit Award, three Good Conduct medals and several deployment, campaign and service medals.

At 6-3, Eddy said he undergoes two physical fitness tests every year as a reservist and passes that “with flying colors.”

“If this guy has served his country on multiple tours overseas and didn’t have an opportunity to be on one of these lists, he’s here and should be awarded that opportunity,” Fountain said.

State Rep.Linda Dean Campbell, D-Methuen, who served in the Army for eight years in the 1980s and was stationed in Germany for much of that time, said once the petition is approved by the mayor, she will deliver it to the relevant committee for approval.

The timing depends on the chair of that committee, she said.

”I can ask to expedite it,” she said. “That seems like a reasonable request.”

Once out of committee, the petition could be approved in an informal session without the full House.

The age limit, a minimum of 19 and a maximum of 32 for firefighters, is a result of the City of Methuen participating in a state contribution plan for life, accidental death and dismemberment insurance for its employees.

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