SHAMOKIN — A neighborhood veteran, firefighter and correctional officer seasoned a thrill of a lifetime Friday night when he was honored at the Notre Dame-Michigan State hockey recreation in South Bend, Indiana.
John Arnold, of Shamokin, an avid lover of the Fighting Irish in all athletics, was a guest of the Notre Dame hockey application immediately after currently being nominated for selection in October by his spouse, Angie.
Since 2011, the Notre Dame hockey team has honored a guest in law enforcement, firefighting or the armed forces at every of its residence games at the Compton Family members Ice Arena.
“Unbelievable is the only phrase to properly describe my inner thoughts of currently being honored by my favorite university,” Arnold mentioned in a telephone interview Sunday night. “It was a when-in-a-lifetime thrill.”
Arnold witnessed the Fighting Irish defeat the Spartans 6-3 in the Big 10 fight.
The 42-12 months-aged Arnold has been a firefighter with Shamokin Fire Bureau for 19 yrs and belongs to Liberty Hose Co. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps as an E-3 from 1994-96 and has been a correctional officer for 20 yrs at SCI-Mahanoy, wherever he presently is a sergeant.
He and his spouse are pretty included in local community occasions and provide as officers with Citizens for a Superior Local community.
He produced the 9-hour generate to Notre Dame with his spouse and co-worker, Andrew Hikes, who also attended the recreation as friends of the hockey team.
Arnold, who was dressed in his fire bureau uniform, was escorted to the ice and accompanied the colour guard for the participating in of the nationwide anthem. During the next period of the recreation, he was saluted by gamers, coaches and supporters as his photo and segments of his career as a firefighter, veteran and correctional officer appeared on the Jumbo Tron in the arena. He also was offered a Notre Dame hockey jersey.
“I nevertheless cannot believe that I received picked,” Arnold mentioned. “I was pretty blessed. It was a great honor and I am pretty humbled by it.”
Arnold mentioned he received 4 tickets to the recreation and 4 VIP tickets to the O’Brien Club at the ice arena.
Arnold attended a Notre Dame-Penn State hockey recreation previous 12 months in State University but had hardly ever traveled to South Bend for a recreation until Friday. He has attended various Notre Dame residence football games.
Whilst at the recreation, Arnold mentioned he satisfied fellow Marines and correctional officers.
Arnold thanked his household and officials and workers at Notre Dame for earning a “dream appear true.”