One Last Wish

Wyoming National Guard Capt. Bruce E. Hays was killed in Gerdia Seria, Afghanistan by an IED. Before he was deployed he gave his wife a 1959 Chevy Apache truck as an
anniversary gift. He and his wife Terry were planning on restoring the truck, but Hays was soon again deployed. Hays gave a mechanic $17,000 to work on the truck and after the mechanic heard Hays was killed he skipped town spending all of the money. KUSA 9News videographer Dave Delozier took upon the story in which a popular Colorado car dealership Stevinson Automotive contributed greatly to what would become a restoration project on a national level with rare parts arriving from across the country. WyoTech Automotive students did a lot of work in restoring the Apache truck as well as those at Stevinson.

In an interesting twist for me as I was reunited with a former Thornton High School classmate of mine Lt. Col. Ray Kent at an auction last April to help raise funds for the restoration project. Ray drove the Apache truck into the ceremony at WyoTech and was a major contributor in starting the project.

The last two images posted in this blog are from the auction.

Eleanor Hayes, left, and her mother Terry Hayes react as their families restored 1959 Chevrolet Apache pickup truck is driven into a ceremony Saturday at WyoTech.

 

Lt. Col. Ray Kent embraces Terry Hayes after driving in her restored 1959 Chevrolet Apache pickup truck during a ceremony Saturday at WyoTech.

Terry Hayes touches her restored 1959 Chevrolet Apache pickup truck during a ceremony Saturday at WyoTech.

A crowd gathers around the Hayes family 1959 Chevrolet Apache pickup truck concluding a ceremony Saturday at WyoTech.

KUSA 9News videographer Dave Delozier is recognized during the ceremony. His piece called One Last Wish is what spurred on local, regional and national contributions for this project. Delozier has 29 Emmys to his credit.

Cody Waldrip, an auctioneer from Rawlins auctions ticketed items Saturday at the Elk's Lodge in honor of the late Wyoming Army National Guard Capt. Bruce E. Hays. Funds raised from the silent and live auction goes to a restoration project of a 1959 Chevy Apache truck which was an anniversary gift to his now widowed wife Terry Hays. A mechanic stole $17,000 given to a mechanic for the project and was taken once he discovered Capt. Hays was killed in Gerdia Seria, Afghanistan.

Cora Wood of Encampment sings the National Anthem prior to a live auction Saturday at the Elk's Lodge in honor of the late Wyoming Army National Guard Capt. Bruce E. Hays. Stacy Morton, founder of Friends of the 133rd holds her hand over her heart.

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