Rony Parada passed away on June 1, 2012. He was a dear friend of mine in our school JROTC program. My last memory of him was talking to him after the CoC about his duties next year of being a Company Commander. I knew he would have made me proud. There will be a big void in the JROTC program next year and in all of our hearts. Rony was athletic, handsome, intelligent, charismatic, and a caring person. I remember every Raider practice when he would volunteer for even the littlest pesky details nobody wanted and never complained. He would always encourage you to never quit and would never leave anybody behind. In his final moments he was a hero trying to save his little brother struggling in the lake. You’ll never be forgotten my friend. Rest easy.