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October 31, 2013
Sallie and the Bridis Family,
I had the privilege and honor of being Ted's friend while at MHS and after his war injuries. Several years ago, he shared with me how he was injured in Vietnam, his long recovery, and subsequent achievements after his recovery. He gave the full credit to Sallie for instilling in him his will to live and desire to lead a normal life. Sallie was his gentle, but tough "Task Master".
I, then, organized Ted and Sallie's story and presented it in a 20 minute speech to my Toastmaster group in Atlanta. I praised Ted and Sallie as true American Heroes(ines)and as inspirations to all Americans. During my speech, people began to cry - there
wasn't a "dry eye" in the audience of approximately 50 people.
Prior to the para - Olympics, Eddie Bell, Ted's MHS classmate and football team member, confided to me that Ted wasn't granted enough money to travel and participate in the wheelchair races. Upon hearing this, I contacted the Atlanta Citadel Alumni Association and we invited Ted to be the guest of honor at one of our dinner meetings. Also, he was the guest of honor at our Atlanta Vietnam Veterans Business Association lunch. He shared his background with us, cracked jokes with us about his wheelchair races (and crashes). He also took apart his racing chair in front of both groups. We raised money for him at both meetings and the AVVBA, subsequently, hosted a golf fund raiser for Ted.
He was very grateful to us for the funds raised for him! In true Ted Bridis fashion, He sent me a daily e-mail updating me on his trip to China, daily activities, races, etc - just to fly over there was a major achievement!!
At MHS, Ted was a starting defensive end during his junior year. I was a senior and started as an inside linebacker along side Danny Hogan. Ted was very quiet and well liked by his teammates as well as our coaches. As everyone knows, he was alway having problems with his shoulder. Coach Davis would "pop his shoulder back into place" and then Ted would come back into the scrimmage/game. After his war injuries and during his trips to Atlanta, we would get together and share stories about MHS football. Ted loved to talk about the Orange Bowl and the "Saturday morning MHS football scrimmages". Sallie, I remember having dinner with you and Ted in Miami. You mentioned the "electrifying times" during the MHS games in the Orange Bowl. How true!!
I am a Citadel graduate and knew that Ted was at the Citadel. While there, I didn't see him very much and, frankly, don't know why. I was one year ahead of Ted and served in Vietnam prior to Ted's tour.
Sallie, I continue to pray for you and Ted every morning and know that he is in a better place.
George Consuegra
Atlanta, GA
October 29, 2013
My condolences to your family. I first read about Ted upon his return from Viet Nam. I was in high school and was forever impressed with his courage and strength. Over the years I have often thought about him and was very sad to read of his passing. I thank him for serving our country and from what I have read living an amazing life with his family. May you all find peace in your love and memories of a truly inspiring man. God bless.
October 29, 2013
Ted - may your beautiful soul rest in peace.

Dear Sallie and Family,

I'm so proud to have known Ted. He was a very, very special person, who knew how to put a smile on everyone's face.

Much love,
Alice Kwart Rudd
October 28, 2013
I had the privilege to get to know Ted through the running community here in South Florida. He was always a pleasure to have at our starting line and never once complained. His Athletic ability was admired by everyone he met and inspired countless others.
I am a better person to have known Ted, and will miss him next week when we line up for the Key Biscayne Lighthouse Run.

Condolences to the entire family

Rick Stern
October 28, 2013
A great life lived! Ted led the way in every way for wheelchair athletes in South Florida

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