Sgt. Derrick J. Lutters of Burlington, Colorado graduated from high school in 1999 and worked as a corrections officer in Burlington, about 15 miles west of the Kansas Colorado border. He wanted to be a peacemaker and saw his deployment to Iraq as a way to fulfill that role. But the war was starting to wear on him. As a high school wrestler, Derrick went up against a mentally retarded opponent and let him win. He let the boy take him down, and when he did he patted him on the back to say 'good job.' He got a standing ovation from the crowd and the coaches shook his hand. He was single and worked as a corrections officer in Burlington, about 15 miles west of the Kansas-Colorado border. He was 24.
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