Remembering acts of courage at Columbine

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DLTD TOOamDuU By SHARON COHEN The Associated Press LITTLETON, Colo. He stood on the church stage, a stranger to the young man he was eulogizing, his voice wavering, his message simple: "Thank you for saving my life." "My name is Nick," the teen-ager said, looking out at hundreds of mourners crowding the church. "I'm a senior at Columbine. I don't know Dan. ... I don't know his favorite color. ..." But Nick Foss did know Dan Rohrbough was a hero. Last Tuesday the 15-year-old freshman was shot as he held an exit door open for others so they could flee two teens on a shooting rampage. Dan Rohrbough died on the sidewalk, just steps away from safety. The service for the teen-ager was one of four Monday for victims of last week's Columbine High School massacre. Three were for students; one was for teacher and coach William "Dave" Sanders. Two more funerals were planned today, one week after the carnage in which Mr. Sanders and 12 students were killed. The two gunmen then committed suicide. At Dan Rohrbough's funeral at Grace Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Dwight Blackstock commended the boy's selfless act. "Don't feel guilty," he advised those teens whose lives he saved. "Thank God. Just thank God. And thank Danny." His father, Brian, also spoke tenderly of his son, a boy who would save an entire year to buy Christmas gifts and loved computer games, cooking and tinkering with electronics. Looking down at the casket, which included teddy bears and poems, his eyes misty, he said softly: "Daniel Lee Rohrbough, in life and death, I'm proud of you." Earlier Monday, 2,500 people filled the sanctuary and two overflow rooms at the Trinity Christian Cen- m I i -r -r , :X 1 5 M .... . . r J i I - OvV M I -"max 'jm Ul f .V . - -" ti By RICK WILKING, The Associated Press A MOMENT OF REFLECTION: A student kneels next to the casket of William "Dave" Sanders, a teacher at Columbine High School who was killed during last week's shooting rampage. Mr. Sanders and 12 students at the school were gunned down by two other students, who then took their own lives. ter to honor Mr. Sanders, who spent 24 of his 47 years at Columbine. When gunfire echoed through the school cafeteria, Mr. Sanders led students to safety until he was himself shot in the chest. "I remember seeing him jumping over the chairs and yelling, 'Everybody get down!'" student Lindsay Dowling tQld mourners. "I truly believe he saved my life and many other people's." As he lay dying, students pulled out his wallet and held it open so he could see pictures of his wife and three daughters. "Tell my girls I love them," he told them. At the funeral, daughter Angela Sanders read a "letter to daddy" in which she said she would always remember their talks on the porch. It contained a postscript: "The girls and I would like you to know that we love you." One of his 10 grandchildren, Austin Sanders, a preschooler, also spoke of his grandfather and how "he always made good bedtime snacks." At another funeral Monday, some 2,000 mourners gathered at the West Bowles Community Church to honor Cassie Bernall, the 17-year-old girl who professed her belief in God just before she was shot. "Cassie's response does not surprise us," her family said. "It was for her strong faith in God and His promise of eternal life that she made her stand." The Rev. George Kirsten told mourners, including rescuers who lined one wall of the church and received a standing ovation, that Cassie died a martyr. "She went to the martyr's hall of fame," he said. About 1 ,200 people packed into the worship area of Foothills Bible Church at services for Lauren Townsend, an honor student and captain of the girls' varsity volleyball team.. Miss Townsend, 18, also was a member of the National Honor Society and a candidate for valedictorian. Friends and family recalled a motivated, somewhat shy senior who wanted to become a biologist like her 25-year-old brother, Matt. "People say that Lauren was a victim," he said. "I don't think of her in that way. The ugly thing that happened last Tuesday, they couldn't conquer her beauty." Columbine teachers return to classrooms, 1A I

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  1. The Times Herald,
  2. 27 Apr 1999, Tue,
  3. Page 9

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