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To create a locomotive to honor our HOMETOWN HEROES. The men and woman from Fire and Police Departments across our country who put their lives on the line everyday.

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My name is Shawn Leightcap and Ive been a volunteer firefighter in PA for over 20 years. Im also avid railfan and photographer. You may have seen my incredible lightning shot of your NS 1019 loco on a few websites.

But what Im taking the time to write you now is something that means alot to me. We all know about the Heritage units and the Go Rail and Veterans train but there is one thing that myself and many feel is lacking and would be quite beneficial. On average every year 90 to 120 Firefighters both volunteer and pain lose their life in the line of duty. There were approximately 1,129,250 firefighters in the U.S. in 2012. Of the total number of firefighters, 345,950 were career firefighters and 783,300 were volunteers. Also each year the numbers are around the same for Police officers killed in the line of duty. Last year 105 officers were killed on duty.

These men and women are the backbone of our communities. Some of which are themselves are employees of NS and volunteer with the local fire companies.  They risk there lives everyday protecting families of our communities and not to mention every employee of Norfolk Southern. And to often these men and women are forgotten about. I remember days after 9/11 people flocked to my firehouse bringing baked good, gifts and thank you cards. Then months later it all stopped and people went back to being themselves. Yelling at firefighters for blocking the road so their late for work, complaining about police sitting in speed traps. And these hometown heroes become forgotten about.

Well myself and many others feel that a great way to honor these men and women would be to paint a loco just like NS did for the Veterans. A way to honor and show support to these underpaid hardworking people who risk their lives everyday for us. As suggested by friends of mine and others they asked me to send my design to you hoping for the chance to one day see it become a reality.

I have taken it upon myself to create my idea of what would make for a wonderful paintscheme for a loco to honor our hometown heroes. I have received thousands of likes and positive comments within 24 hours of posting my design. So I am submitting my design in hope that NS would consider honoring our " Hometown Hero " with a loco of their own.



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