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Science Hill honors ROTC instructor

Staff Report • Nov 26, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Science Hill High School honored the memory of ROTC instructor Sgt. 1st Class John Rosselot with a military ceremony, the day after his death from cancer.

“He loved Science Hill High School and gave his heart and countless hours of service to its faculty and students,” Principal Melanie Riden-Bacon said in a statement emailed Tuesday. “Today the school showed respect for his service to him and his family during a military ceremony. We honored him today and brought closure to our school for the loss of a dear friend, colleague, instructional leader, teacher, and soldier.”

Debra Bentley, Johnson City Schools supervisor of instruction and communication, remembered “Sarge” as “someone who stood for what he believed and was so proud to be a Topper.”

An Ohio native, Rosselot retired from the Army after 22 years of active service that included assignments in Germany, Fort Riley, Kan., and Detroit, where he served as a recruiter. In 1993, Rosselot moved to Johnson City where he was a recruiting station commander before joining the ROTC staff at Science Hill in 1997.

His military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, six Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the Overseas Ribbon and three awards of the NCO Professional Development Ribbon.

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