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Locals gather to honor veterans, recognize brave teen at ‘Community of Courage’ event
Veterans Jim Beilfuss, left, and Paul Van Drie, right, react as one of Van Drie’s cornhole bags lands in the far board’s hole. - photo by Julia Hansen
Thirteen years ago, U.S. Army Cpl. Matthew B. Phillips gave his life protecting his comrades from an enemy grenade in Afghanistan. Friday night, 15-year-old Christian Beavers received the “Award of Courage” named after the late soldier. BRAVE Beyond the Call gave Beavers the accolade during its “Community of Courage” event outside of Because Coffee, sponsored by Dawson-based 12U travel baseball team Ambush.