While their moms were invited to the ceremony, they had no way of getting their on time.
Fact is two of them didn’t even have passports to travel out of the country.
The story on the three young American men – Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos, and Anthony Sadler – who became instant heroes while on holiday in Europe has become a worldwide phenomenon. The incredible courage they displayed while taking down a well-armed terrorist on a high-speed train outside of Paris – earned them France’s highest award, the Legion of Honor.
Pilot Doug Perrill called Tim Boyle, CEO of Columbia Sportswear, with an unusual request – could he borrow the corporate jet?
“These guys who were so brave as to do what they did, I just felt they deserved to have their moms present,” Boyle said.
Without the passports the ladies weren’t going anywhere – that was quickly resolved. Perrill contacted the State Department and received expedited passports for the two women.
Boyle and his wife, Mary Boyle, greeted and briefly chatted with the women before they boarded the 11-seat plane. The brother of one of the men — a California Highway patrolman — also made the journey, reports the The Oregonian.
The Next Leap Forward
You just have to love this story. It showcases everything that is right about humanity. There was a need and Pilot Doug Perrill started the ball rolling by asking Boyle – he even went as far as contacting the State Department with special permission for both passports and last minute clearance on a flight path.
CEO Tim Boyle jumped right in – he provided his private jet and even met at the airport along with his wife to see them off and wish them well.
Doug Perrill and Tim Boyle are Brink Thinkers – they went far outside the norm to help their fellowman.
Boyle went onto say, “And my wife felt the same way. We’re fortunate to be in the position where we can help these families out. And so that’s what we did.”
“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:4