Woodlan teacher, wrestling coach to be deployed

WOODBURN, Ind. (WANE) A Woodlan teacher and wrestling coach is set to be deployed.

Tony Girod, a junior high science and math teacher and the Warriors head wrestling coach, has been called up for active duty with the National Guard. Girod will deploy to the Middle East in the coming days and will serve a 5-9 month tour, the school said.

Woodlan teacher and wrestling coach Tony Girod (in purple shirt) is being deployed with the National Guard to the Middle East.
Woodlan teacher and wrestling coach Tony Girod (in purple shirt) is being deployed with the National Guard to the Middle East.

It will be Girod’s second deployment.

Girod will leave a wife and a 3-year-old son while he serves.

He’ll also leave a whole school, who collectively gathered Tuesday to honor the hero. In the school’s gymnasium, students and staff sang the National Anthem as a fitting send-off for their teacher and coach.

Students lined up after the ceremony to hug Girod. Woodburn Mayor Joe Kelsey, himself active duty and preparing for a short tour, also spoke at the assembly.

A banner honoring Girod will be placed outside of school until he returns.

Students gathered Tuesday, March 29, 2016, to send off Woodlan teacher and wrestling coach Tony Girod,
Students gathered Tuesday, March 29, 2016, to send off Woodlan teacher and wrestling coach Tony Girod,

Woodlan lost its assistant wrestling coach this week when Neil Burd in a Saturday morning traffic crash.

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