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Remembering Audrey Fagan

This past Memorial Day we lost another of our American heroes.

Audrey Fagan, a 78 year old Air Force Airman 2nd Class passed away with her family by her side. Audrey was married for 57 years to Ken Fagan, a technical sergeant and 20-year war veteran.

He spent seven years in Vietnam earning many medal of honors for his service in combat, all the while Audrey at home with their three children and always by his side during good times and bad.

Audrey is survived by her husband, a son, two daughters, three grandsons, and many relatives and friends.

The New York Yankees have employed Ken Fagan for the past 10 years as part of their security force during spring training. This year Ken decided to spend the spring at home with Audrey, not realizing that it would be their last together. Ken would say after her passing, “I am grateful for the true quality time that we spent together to reflect on our true love for each other.”

The New York Yankees sent flowers and were represented by team Vice President, Howard Grosswirth. I can’t thank the Yankees enough in the George Steinbrenner way for always being there for Ken and Audrey and for people like them.

You could only imagine what it means.

People always said that Ken was a real life American hero. The fact of the matter is that the true hero was Audrey.

Ray Negron is a sports executive with over 40 years of experience in baseball. His first job came from a chance encounter with George Steinbrenner as a youth. He has become an American film producer, a best-selling author, and a philanthropist. His memoir is entitled, “Yankee Miracles: Life with the Boss and the Bronx Bombers.” For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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