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Mendota Marine Posthumously Inducted Into Local Hall Of Fame

Posted by wlpo on August 31, 2013

A fallen marine is among eight people who will be inducted this year into the Saint Bede Academy Hall of Fame.

Captain Thomas Heitmann was killed September 19th, 2011 when his helicopter crashed during training near Camp Pendleton, California.  He was a 1st lieutenant at the time of his death and later elevated to rank of captain.

Heitmann was a Mendota native but graduated from St. Bede in 2002.  He was part of the school’s most successful football team.

Joining Heitmann in being inducted in the academy’s hall of fame this year is retired WLPO AM and FM sports director Lanny Slevin.  The ceremony is on Saturday, October 5th.

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