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Meet Ben Hampton

As a 16 year old junior in high school, Benjamin Hampton knew that he wanted to be a marine. He addressed his parents with his dream and they agreed to put their signatures on his enlistment papers upon his high school graduation in 2002. Soon after Hampton made his choice, the September 11 attacks of 2001 occured. “When 9/11 happened, I felt even more confident in my decision to defend our country,” he says.

Bootcamp was the first in a series of steps to reach his goal of becoming a V22 Flightline Mechanic. Hampton says that although intense, “it is with this group that I made friends that I consider family.”

Over his five years in the military Hampton was awarded the Good Conduct Medal. For the duration of his service, he stayed on the home front. He is proud of his service as a marine, although he is even prouder of his brother’s service. “My single most memorable experience in the Marine Corps was watching my younger brother, Chris, graduate from boot camp and join me in North Carolina. A strong brotherly bond became ten fold that day.”

When he returned home in 2007, Hampton realized he still yearned to serve for the greater good. He joined the Department of Public Works nine months after his honorable discharge, and in April of 2011 he decided to join the Wellesley Fire Department. “I have worked every Marathon since then, either running a medical tent, driving an ambulance or operating a fire apparatus,” Hampton says. This year, Hampton will get to run.

Christopher, who had the same yearning as his brother and became a firefighter for the town of Natick, will be the one to pass Benjamin the baton to start his leg of the course in Wellesley.

“I’m honored to be a part of the 100th Anniversary of the 1918 Military Relay. They led the way with their courage and selflessness and I am humbled to be able to literally follow in the their footsteps,” Benjamin says. He and Christopher’s own courage and selflessness will be honored during the 2018 Military Relay as well.

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