Everyday Hero: Sgt. Nick Ervin - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/28/07

Everyday Hero: Sgt. Nick Ervin

They're not super-heroes with special powers, but ordinary people who do extraordinary things. And the 4th on Broadway celebration is honoring Lubbockites who have been nominated as "Everyday Heroes."

NewsChannel 11's  Nicole Pesecky introduces us to Sergeant Nick Ervin, a 27-year-old soldier who finally made his way back to Lubbock after serving in Iraq.

On Thursday, June 21st army Sergeant Nick Ervin made his way home for the final time.

"It's really good to be back home, and get back into life," said Nick.

Nick is now 27 years old and happily married to wife Jennifer.

Nick served in the army for eight years, since he was 19. His job for the past year? Fixing army computers and radios in Iraq. Nick spent 5 months there back in 2003 and then, three days after Christmas, he found out he was going back.

"While working at Texas Tech I got a letter on the 28th of December of 2005, calling me back to active duty," said Nick.

"He didn't have to go back, there were a lot of people that got that letter that just disregarded it and he went back anyway," said Jennifer.

Before Nick left for Iraq, he expected it to be just like the movies, but when he first stepped foot there, the reality set in.

"It doesn't seem real, but when you're up close and you see things like that, and hear things like that. You wake up in the middle of the night to things blowing up around you and not knowing what was going on. That can be pretty life altering," said Nick.

Nick has seen a lot in Iraq.

"We lost one of our helicopters in January and that can have an effect on you," said Nick.

Though he doesn't consider himself a hero, Nick's wife Jennifer disagrees.

"He would have been my every day hero even if he hadn't gone," said Jennifer.

The couple says they are ready to get back to normal by catching up on lost time and a life eight years in the making.

"I'm going to head back to work and probably try to get back into school," said Nick.

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4th on Broadway has helped to make Lubbock a major tourist attraction for the July 4th holiday, by attracting over 100,000 people annually to the event and becoming the "Largest Free Festival in Texas."

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