Author Bill Lunn will discuss his book Heart of a Ranger: The True Story of Cpl. Ben Kopp, American Hero in Life and Death.
Twenty-one-year-old Cpl. Ben Kopp lost his life while serving in Operation Enduring Freedom. He was credited with saving the lives of six of his fellow soldiers on the battlefield. His heroism would not stop at death. Through the donating of his organs, bone, skin, and tissue, the mischievous and fun-loving kid from Rosemount, Minnesota went on to save the lives of four Americans and benefited the lives of more than sixty. After reporting Cpl. Kopp's story, broadcast journalist Bill Lunn couldn't forget it, referring to it as the most compelling story of his career. In Heart of a Ranger, Lunn follows Ben's life from his childhood in the Midwest, to the battlefields of southern Afghanistan, to the chest of his heart donor recipient in Chicago. Through interviews with loved ones, service members, and Ben's heart recipient, Heart of a Ranger captures the true story of American bravery and sacrifice.
Bill Lunn is an Emmy Award-winning anchor and reporter for KSTP-TV in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Lunn covers military and veterans' issues. His reporting has taken him into Special Operations Command in Tampa, Florida for a behind-the-scenes look at how special operators are trained, supplied, and deployed. Heart of a Ranger is his first book.