Fireman Christopher Fournier, U.S. Navy

In one year, Christopher Fournier has gone from living in the heart of the homeland, to guarding it. "There are times it's tough he says, but he says if it were easy everybody could do it," his father, Norman Fournier says.

Christopher is serving our country in the U.S. Navy, and his parents believe it's a great accomplishment. "Christopher loves the Navy," admits Robin Fournier, Christopher's mother. "The day when we went up there to see him graduate from Boot Camp, he was, I mean you look in his eyes and he was just the proudest kid you've ever seen."

Christopher graduated from Munford High School just two years ago. Today he's stationed in Connecticut, guarding our country from terrorists, doing something that makes his father and our country proud. "He's part of, as he says the most powerful and best navy in the world, and he likes being part of the best, like anyone would be."

But his father says being the best can be risky. "Whether you believe it or not, his life is on the line, as all people in the armed services, it doesn't matter what you do, your life is on the line." Despite the worry, Christopher's mother says the military has been very good for her son. "I mean he is not the same boy he was when he left here in February, he's a man. He's not a boy anymore, he's a man." A man who is making his family back home in the Mid-South very proud.