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Deerfield student runs 5K for military brother

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Ethan Merritt. Deerfield Cross Country runner. Ethan Merritt. Deerfield Cross Country runner.
Ethan and his older brother, Jonathan Siskey. Ethan and his older brother, Jonathan Siskey.

An eighth grader at Deerfield Windsor School will be participating in the Wounded Warrior Run along with some of his cross country teammates. He says it's in honor of his brother serving in the U.S. Army.

Even though the season is over, cross county team member, Ethan Merritt has one more run. This time it's to honor his big brother in the Benefit Run for the Wounded Warrior Project.

"I think that he's done so much for our country by supporting us, leading his platoon and just going in the Army," said Ethan Merritt.

Ethan's brother, Captain Jonathan Siskey, is a member of the 75th Airborne Division at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia. He also served two tours in Afghanistan earning the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. A parent at Deerfield came up with the idea for runners to honor Jonathan and other service members.

"When I heard about it and I heard that its in dedication of my brother, I just thought that I could use that to glorify Christ and my brother and all the people that's gone before him," said Ethan Merritt.

Ethan's cross country coach says he is well prepared for Saturday's 5K.

"I made the kids aware that this was a great way honor our veterans. He's in great shape. He's one of our top runners. He's like number 3 on our varsity team which is really good because he's only in the eighth grade. So he's well prepared," said Cathy Jones, Cross Country Coach.

Jonathan is a former student at Deerfield. His mother told him about what the kids at Deerfield are doing to honor him.

"He's just very excited and honored that Deerfield will remember him in this way. Ethan looks up to Jonathan very much and loves his big brother," said Melanie Merritt, Mother.

Ethan says this is the perfect way to give back to a brother who has given so much for his country.

The run starts Saturday at 8:30 at the Marine Corps Logistic Base. 


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