RODGER ALAN GREEN, 65 3/10/48 - 11/27/13. Died unexpectedly and peacefully at his home. Son of Betty (Lyons) and Roy Emerson Green. Born in East Liverpool, Ohio. Husband to Laurie for 31 years. Father to Sean Green and Terri (Preston) Sawyers. Papa to Amanda, Preston Jr., and Jackson. Brother to Vickie, Deb (Bruce) Johnson, Ernie and Jessie Green. Uncle to Steve (Annette) and Matt (Emily) Johnson. When Rodger was 14 his family moved from Ohio to Tucson, AZ. Rodger began radio broadcasting at a very young age and worked at various Tucson stations as R. Alan Green. After graduation from Tucson High, he attended college for a short time and then enlisted in the Army 1967-1970. Viet Nam (Sgt), Ranger; 2 Purple Hearts, National Defense Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Viet Nam Service Medal, Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal, Expert Rifle M14 and M16, Viet Nam Campaign Medal w/60 DVC, 2 overseas bars, and Viet Nam Gallantry Cross. Fought in Tet offensive. He finished military time at Ft. Riley, KS. There he met and married Sandra Wilson. That union ended in divorce. He relocated in Lincoln, Nebraska. There he worked in law enforcement and EMS. He served as Marshal of Hickman, NE. As marshal he was involved in rescuing 2 persons from a house fire and received a medal for heroism. He worked as a Lancaster County Reserve Sheriff's Deputy for patrol and dispatching; general manager of Shurtleff Ambulance and paramedic for Eastern Ambulance; Founding President of NEMTA and voted by peers as State Paramedic of the Year 1989. He was a consultant for developing EMS systems, both in Lincoln, NE and Atchison, KS. In Lincoln he was a consultant for the development of the 911 Command and Control System and the Civil Defense System. An instructor of CPR, BLS and ACLS and a state licensed instructor for EMS instructors; an investigator for State of Nebraska Department of HHS; minister to many couples; private investigator. He retired from the VA Clinic in Lincoln in 2010. Memberships include Masonic Lodge #210, VFW, and MOPH. In 1982 Rodger and Laurie were married. Their home was in Lincoln until March 2013 when they fulfilled their dream and moved to Santa Fe, NM. In that short time they enjoyed visits from family and friends and were fully involved in exploring the beauties of the area. Friend DeLayne Peck said "a wonderful man, truly one-of-a-kind. He was a twisted mix of love, compassion, generosity, insight, opinion, and ridiculous humor." Those who met him rarely forgot him. Rodger was a wonderful loving and caring husband and father and will be deeply, deeply missed. Preceded in death by parents; infant brother, Michael; and dear friends: Craig Dodge, Chuck Woll, and Greg Chamberlain. No services. Military honors at Santa Fe Veterans' Cemetery at a later date. Gathering of friends and family in Lincoln at a later date.
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Jan. 1, 1900