In memory of
Pfc. David P. Burridge
When David P. Burridge was a high school freshman, a fellow student was diagnosed with leukemia and a fund-raising drive was held. What happened next shocked even Burridge''s friends.
"David brought his entire paycheck, and endorsed it over to us," said Debbie Hargrave, an English teacher at Lafayette High School. "That was on Friday. The next Monday, he brought us his entire allowance for the month."
Burridge, 19, of Lafayette, La., died Sept. 6 when his vehicle was attacked north of Fallujah. He was stationed at Camp Pendleton.
Burridge graduated in 2003 and joined the Marines in January.
Janine Neck, a teacher in the gifted program at the school, remembers Burridge approaching her with a mission. "He came to me, because his goal was to learn how to read better," she said. "He set the goal and he achieved it. That''s the kind of person David was."
He is survived by his parents, George and Yvette.
"They only make a few special kids and he was one," said his father. "He was always a good kid, the kind you wish, in the world, that he would be here a long, long time."
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