Air National Guard member walks across Kentucky to honor fallen comrade

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHDH) — A member of the Kentucky Air National Guard is embarking on a 140-mile walk across the state to honor a fallen comrade.

Capt. Nathan Tingle will do the long walk while carrying a rucksack that weighs about 50 pounds. It will be difficult but he said that is the point behind his walk.

“There needs to be a certain amount of suffering as a personal sacrifice to make this worthwhile or it wouldn’t be worth doing,” said Tingle.

Tingle’s walk is part of “Ruck for Collin,” which he started in 2014 to honor his friend, Navy Seal Collin Thomas. The two grew up together in Kentucky. Thomas was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2010 and when he was unable to attend his memorial service, Tingle said he wanted to do something to honor him.

Since he first made the walk two years ago, Tingle said he has raised more than $10,000 for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which provides scholarships for children of fallen service members.

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