The Green Bay Packers and WPS Health Insurance paid special tribute to fallen serviceman Army Specialist Scott Nagorski during Sunday’s Packers-Buccaneers game for ‘Operation Fan Mail.’
Scott Nagorski, from Greenfield, Wis., served the U.S. Army as a Specialist while deployed in Afghanistan. Just days before his daughter’s first birthday, Nagorski and four other soldiers were killed in action by enemy fighters. He was killed on Nov. 13, the day after his 27th birthday.
For his sacrifice, Nagorski was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medal. Other awards and decorations he earned include the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon and the NATO Medal.
“Scott was a devoted son, great brother, loving husband, proud father and a loyal friend,” said wife Nadine Nagorski. “Scott will always be a hero to not only his daughter, but all Americans. His sacrifice will never be forgotten.”
Nagorski was represented by his wife Nadine, his mom Karen Kurath, his sister Nicole Jasinki, and his best friend, Andrew Bessa.
Operation Fan Mail, which debuted in 2007, is designed to recognize families with a member who is on active duty. The Packers and WPS Health Insurance will host a family at each 2011 home game and recognize them on the field during pregame activities. More than 38 families have been recognized during the past four-plus seasons.
To choose families, the Packers and WPS Health Insurance are asking interested families, or friends of eligible families, to submit an essay, 500 words or less, on why a particular fan should be saluted. Essays can be sent to: Operation Fan Mail, P.O. Box 10628, Green Bay, WI, 54307-0628. Essays also can be submitted to the Packers online at http://nfl.packers.com/gameday/gameday_promotions/operation_fan_mail
Families intended for recognition are those that have a member serving on active duty. The family member can be a mother, father, son, daughter or sibling.
In addition to being recognized on-field prior to the game, selected families will receive four tickets to the game and a care package from WPS.