Book Memorializes Staff Sgt. Ryan Means, ΨΔ '96
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Posted by: Teri Forsythe
In 2009, Staff Sgt. Ryan P. Means, ΨΔ '96, a man who had faced the front lines of the war on terror, died of cholangiocarcinoma at the age of 35. His wife Heather has recently combined his memoirs, letters and emails with her own details of the couple's story in the book "RPM Rockin' in the Free World."
After losing his best friend Adam White, ΨΔ '96, in the attacks on September 11, 2001, Ryan enlisted in the US Army at age 31. He eventually earned his Green Beret and kept a handwritten journal of his journeys throughout his time serving our country.
Ryan left behind his young wife Heather and their two daughters Elizabeth and Sophie. Heather says that her daughters are the reason she wrote this book, saying "Elizabeth & Sophie Means will thankfully never know the heart break we felt on the day that their father died. But sadly, they will never remember what it felt like to be held in his strong embrace. As their mother, I can only hope that this documentation of his life, as I knew it, will give them some sort of answers and peace in the coming years."
The book is now on sale at www.ryanpmeans.com. There you will also find more information on Ryan and Heather's story as well as a touching video on the life of Ryan P. Means.
The Sophie and Elizabeth Means Education Fund of the Ryan Patman Means Education Trust has established to provide for his daughters' future. Click here for information on giving to this fund.