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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A Hero's Hero.

Son of Milton police officer serving in Afghanistan.

By Jonathan Copsey / Appen Newspapers

Milton - It's 3:30 a.m. on Monday morning when his shift ends. Wearily heading home to his family, memories of the past 45 hours of service come to mind as his cruiser's lights chase the darkness away.

Lt. John Borsey, a Milton police officer, helped remove a drug dealer from the city streets. The following night, he helped a teenager who was found unconscious at a high school party.

Then there was that guy breaking into houses. Next he rushed to help a man experiencing chest pains. EMS arrived and stabilized him.

Borsey's job is to keep the people of Milton safe. That was the pledge he took when he was sworn in as an officer. Some say that his kind offer great sacrifice. He scoffs at the notion when he considers another, who sacrifices much more.

On the other side of the world, Borsey's son, Army Private Steve "Rusty" Moss, 21, beds down for another night on the front lines of Kunar. This southern province of Afghanistan is one of the most dangerous in the war.

Moss knew the dangers when he enlisted for three years in January of 2009. All the training, medals and sharpshooter certifications he earned had helped prepare him for his time in Afghanistan. Every day, with a 70-pound backpack in tow amidst the searing heat, his company braves danger, aiding and fighting when necessary.

"Everybody knew there was a pretty good chance he would be going over there," Borsey said, thinking of when Moss enlisted. Borsey and his wife, Kim, chat with Moss through Facebook at least once a week and sometimes by phone.

Moss is aware of the risks. He knew that danger could be around the corner. It is worth it though. He is serving his country, and has pledged to keep it safe, just as his father, Borsey, keeps the streets of sleepy Milton safe.

"I'm proud of him and that he's doing what he's doing," said Borsey. "But you've got the uneasy feeling that you think something bad is going to happen."

In December, Moss and his company will be transferred back to Italy, where they are based.

Borsey does not know if his son will return to the warzone or stay in Italy.

To help Moss and his company, residents can send supplies to a local group, Alpharetta American Legion Post 201.

Post 201 has an ongoing program to help local soldiers who are serving overseas. To date, over 2,200 boxes of goods have been shipped from the post.

According to Steve Olesnevich, who has organized the effort, the list for goods to send overseas contains some surprising items one might not think about.

"Anything non-perishable is a no-brainer," said Olesnevich, "but also anything with sugar. Brain games and magazines are good. Oreos and Cracker Jacks are especially perfect for shipping."

He added that, since Halloween is just around the corner, candy and sugar items can be found aplenty, and for good prices.

American Legion Post 201 is at 201 Wills Road, Alpharetta. To send items to Moss, Milton city hall has set aside space to collect goods.

Tim Enloe contributed to this article.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you Lt. Borsey for being one of our Milton police officers. Please convey my appreciation and admiration to your son, Steve. We definitely have heros amongst us.

Anonymous said...

No news to post at Access Milton therefore the same stories each week, relating to these subjects: Milton Police, Bethany Road, and Tim Enloe. Officer Borsey and his son are great heroes. Citizens, read the city of Milton website for the same stories, without bias. www,cityofmiltonga.us

Anonymous said...

The city site stinks. Access posts stories that you refuse to. Access gives it like it is while the city sugar coats it in an attempt to make themselves look good.
You are not worth the money Jason - sorry.

Anonymous said...

No the city site just posts real issues and communication from the city, not soap opera drama like access milton. Jason you are doing great.

Tim Enloe said...

All:

We will address the ignorance of 3:29am and 7:22pm later.

For now, please help us in supporting Lt Borsey and his son Rusty for putting their lives on the line each and every day for the citizens of Milton.

Thank you.

Tim Enloe
Accessmilton.com
770 653 0552

Travis Allen said...

4:53,

You suck!

Jason works his tail off and is often at City Hall after hours when you're sitting at home watching once semi-famous people dance.

Tim Enloe said...

Travis:

Please focus on the task at hand and help us raise supplies for Lt. Borsey's son.

Thanks,

Tim Enloe
Accessmilton.com
770 653 0552

Anonymous said...

The city sucks.

Anonymous said...

The city is not only copying Tim's horse they are now adopting Tim's website, it is soooo obvious they are threatened by this website they are trying to compete by posting local stories like Tim has been doing since he started this website. Come on City, do you not have one original idea!!! Oh, that's right, its so much easier to just copy. I doubt Tim cares for the Flattery.

Anonymous said...

A recent check indicated that the city of Milton website has yet to release this fantastic article about Lt. Borsey and his son. What is the matter with these people? Post 3:39 am, the city website does not post the same stories. This is particulary true if Tim has brought something to our attention.

Anonymous said...

People, sometimes the newspaper writes stories on its own -- you know, like a newspaper. Not everything comes from the city. How is that a slight on city workers?

Tim Enloe said...

All:

We really need help on getting supplies donated to Lt. Borsey's son. Please call me if you can help.

Thanks,

Tim Enloe
Accessmilton.com
770 653 0552

Anonymous said...

Don't believe you.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Tim for all you try to do for those in our community that are worthy of recognition and appreciation.

Anonymous said...

Post 7:22 pm, since you like the city website, why don't you just read their articles? No need for you to post a comment on access milton.

Anonymous said...

For the poster who commented on copying, when has access milton posted something lately that wasnt copied from somewhere?

Tim Enloe said...

Accessmilton.com's primary purpose is two fold:

1. to aggregate Milton related information to one local while giving credit where credit is due.

2. Providing a forum for the city's taxpayers to offer opinion and suggestions.

We do provide our own unique content from time to time; from the resent help in the "A Hero's Hero" article to the "Road To Safety Program."

Tim Enloe
Accessmilton.com
770 653 0552