AED INSPIRATION TRIBUTE
This page is to acknowledge character traits shared by all our fallen loved ones and the families affected by a loss. By God’s grace, they demonstrated love, leadership, putting others first, being humble followers, and always seeking to strengthen their spiritual relationship with friends and your individual relationship with a higher power.
ANDREW HARRISON COHN
Andrew was born in Jacksonville, Florida January 19, 1995, and lived his entire life in St. Marys, Georgia. Early on, Andrew had a special fondness for babies and children. You could detect a glow about him when he engaged with kids. He loved people and wanted to make them laugh. Andrew had a sincere heart with always the best of intentions.
Andrew played all sports and was a member of Pak’s Karate Academy. Alliance Martial Arts Academy had a policy not to allow anyone under the age of 16 to join, but upon meeting Andrew, they saw him as an “exceptional individual” and allowed him to join when he was 13. He was many times an honor student, and was happy to have received perfect school attendance recognition for two years in a row.
When Andrew was three years old, he decided to become a Japanese chef. He would have his parents sing a tune describing the tremendous feats he could do with his cooking utensils as he prepared imaginary meals for huge crowds. When he was seven, he made a career change deciding to be President of the United States and his first rule would be, “no one could kill any animal unless it was for food”.
Ultimately, Andrew would pursue a business degree, to stay involved in the game of baseball as a player, coach, or management. When he was 11, the right hander decided to train to become a left handed pitcher, as well. After four years of hard work, his coach rewarded him allowing him to pitch left handed on May 15, 2010. This was one of the happiest days of his life.
The most important and happiest day of Andrew’s life was, when he was moved by the Holy Spirit and gave his life to Jesus Christ. He followed the Lord in baptism on January 4, 2009. It was easy to see that Andrew felt blessed by his friends and everyone he met. Because of these blessings to him, and by God’s grace, Andrew had the benefit of cherishing people, and the satisfaction of knowing genuine love. With this in mind, Andrew was fortunate to have led a full and complete life. Anyone who knew him knows he is with the Lord. He is happy to see us move forward and better ourselves by living life to the fullest, count our blessings, and always seeking the best for each other. As far back as Andrew’s great-great grandparents, the families were raised that all people deserve common courtesy, and human dignity.
A couple months after losing Andrew, the “winged double 0 halo” decal began appearing on baseball helmets and the back windshields of vehicles. Every effort has been made by people to find who designed it, but this still remains a mystery. Soon after, his parents found a stack on their doorstep.
Greg was playing varsity basketball for Notre Dame High School of East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, during his sophomore year, on December 2, 2000, when tragedy struck at halftime. Greg collapsed after he entered the locker room at halftime and became unconscious. His parents, John and Rachel, rushed to his side to try and revive him. It was an agonizing and helpless thirty-five minute eternity before EMS arrived. The fatality was due to an undiagnosed enlarged heart.
Rachel reached out to the Cohn family upon learning of Andrew’s incident. This became an immediate friendship that still grows. The Cohn’s learned the Moyer family would not place a marker on Greg’s grave site until there was, at least, one AED in every public school throughout the country. This really affected the Cohn’s and they have latched on to support their mission of an AED in every public school.
Greg was a gentle giant. He was only fifteen but he was 6’3 and you can see by the Cheshire twinkle in his eyes, that he was always thinking of some good natured mischief to stir up amongst his friends.The Pennsylvania communities remember this dynamic, yet humble, personality today. Like so many of his fellow brothers and sisters above, Greg represents love, compassion for life, and will always be remembered for putting others ahead of himself.