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Liz Davis, of Enfield, wanted to be a soldier all her life.
She is a wife, a mom, and served 24-and-a-half years in the military, but, her service to the community is still going strong.
She recently retired from the Connecticut Army National Guard, where she spent time in three combat zones.
“The ultimate goal is to serve your country. No one wants to go to war, but when you take that oath and raise your hand, that's ultimately what you're doing, you're raising your hand to defend the greatest country there is,” Davis said.
The mother of five, and grandmother to four, spent 14 months in the Middle East, in 2003 and 2004.
“For the first time in my military career, it wasn't about that I was a female, it was about that I was a soldier and leader, and that's how we looked at one another and I was a ‘60 Cal gunner’ on the aircraft, so it was more that we all wore the same uniform, and we all bled the same, and we all had a purpose to serve,” Davis said.
She has served not just for the country, but for the community in Enfield.
“I get involved wherever it’s needed. To bring a smile to people’s faces, there’s nothing more rewarding than that,” she said.
Her friend Jolene nominated her for Hometown Hero because of all the work she does.
“Whether she's cleaning up the Scantic River Park, or delivering food to the food shelf, or helping the kids in the elementary school pick out books at the book fair, she's always helping someone, some way, every day,” Jolene said.
Davis’ niece Linda also nominated her for Hometown Hero.
“She's been my hero my entire life...she's so amazing, and she never says no,” Linda added.
Davis has also rescued several pets, and was recently honored by the town of Enfield with the Patriot Award.
“I don't do what I do to be thanked…so I appreciate it, but I don't do what I do to be thanked, I do what I do because it's right in the heart. It feels a little bit weird to get attention for doing what's right, when doing what's right should just be the right thing to do…that's what you should do every day,” Davis said.
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