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MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KTVI)- Marine Corps Reservist Brandon Fenton was pounding the pavement at Creve Coeur Park on Sunday. He walked miles this weekend carrying a 22 pound backpack adorned with the American flag. He’s doing it to bring attention and awareness to suicides in the military. Fenton lost a military friend due to suicide.

FOX 2’s Chris Higgins walked with Fenton for a while. On Facebook, Higgins wrote:

I had one of the most amazing experiences this afternoon that reminded me of why we celebrate this weekend. It is right and proper to enjoy our families and BBQ’s and hit the lakes and just relax. However, in so doing we must take time to remember those who died to guarantee us the right to enjoy these liberties.

Unfortunately, all too often in recent years it is not the battlefield that is claiming lives. It is suicide. And that is where Marine Corps Reservist LCPL Brandon Fenton enters this story. I came across him while driving down Olive Blvd early this afternoon…myself on my way to go run at Creve Coeur Park. I decided to stop and see what his story was. Needless to say I did not finish my run. Instead I caught up with him and walked several miles as he shared his story. This is an inspiring young man with a story he wants to share.