FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Korean War Vet and former engineer Roger Herman watched the sadness and frustration of the mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso like everyone else this past weekend, but he looked on through different eyes knowing how precious life really is.
"I have last stage kidney failure and it started with a stroke back in April. I recovered from that stroke fantastically. Family was gathered around. Surely planning a funeral service when I had the stroke, but I came out of that," Herman said.
He remains in hospice using his last days encouraging people to use their voice while they still have it especially when it comes to gun violence.
"I'm an old man. I'm a hospice patient, and I'm an engineer. I'm a teacher. I feel the place for constructive dialogue is gone. The two sides are angry and shout at each other. It's not going to short the dialogue," he added.
Herman suggests lawmakers tackling the issue the way an engineer would.
"As an engineer looking at a problem, We used to put big white boards up get a project going. We'd have our brain sessions and get ideas going. Engineers would gather around 'How do you solve this problem?' Come on get out of the box. Come on lets solve a problem. Ideas would flash up on the board some were pretty good and they'd lead to other discussions, but we did that first," Herman explained.
His last plea is for everyone to come together rationally in hopes of doing something to avoid another tragedy.
"I think there are people like me who are largely silent. You would have to be some kind of ogre to watch children be massacred. Maybe that's part of my motivation," he said.
Herman said he's already had his conversation with the Lord while fighting his illness. He just wanted say this while he has the chance.
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