In Memory of Sgt. Audrey Daron Lunsford
Sgt. Lunsford’s Story
On May 23, 2005 Sgt. Audry Daron Lunsford, 29, of Sardis, MS along with three others died in Haswa, Irag, when their military vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. Daron’s life was one of service to others. He was a solider, a firefighter, an EMT and a police officer. Daron first served 4 years of active duty in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg SC in the late 90’s.
After returning home, he worked as a firefighter/EMT for the North Tunica County Fire Department before becoming a Police Officer in Sardis, MS. In 2005 Daron re-enlisted into the Army National Guard to serve his country for a second time. He was assigned into the Mississippi Army National Guard’s Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 155th Infantry, McComb, MS. At the time of his death, he left behind a wife of 2 years, Vangi, and a 9 month old daughter, McKalyne.
2015 marks the 10th anniversary of Daron’s death. In his memory, Retrieving Freedom, Inc. is building a cabin in his honor at the Senatobia, MS training and placement facility.
“Daron’s Cabin” will be a place for wounded Veterans, families with Autism to have a place to stay onsite while being placed with their life changing service dog! The cabin will be completely ADA compliant and include a common area with a Bar-B-Q area for multiple recipients to relax and spend time together in between training sessions.
Retrieving Freedom is currently in the process of raising $17,500 to start the construction on the onsite lodging facility to be named in honor of Sgt. Audrey Daron Lunsford.
The photos below show the completed “Grove Cottage”, the first onsite lodging facility built at RFI. Can you help get “Daron’s Cabin” built?