John Larimer went to see The Dark Knight Rises with girlfriend, Julia Vojtsek. So excited was John to see the movie that when hearing that people were dressing up, he stopped by a local store to buy a Batman t-shirt, mask and cape.
John's youthful enthusiasm was matched by his serious dedication to the US Navy, the service to which he belonged.
A superior officer, Cmdr. Jeffrey Jakuboski spoke highly of John.
"He was an outstanding shipmate, a valued member of our Navy team, and an extremely dedicated sailor,"
Cmdr. Jakuboski spoke of losing John as feeling as if he had lost a son.
Julia Vojtsek avoided injury during the attack, a fact she attributes entirely to the bravery of John, who she says covered her with his body and was hit with bullets which she felt certain could have struck her. In a written statement, Julie said the following:
When the violence occurred, John immediately and instinctively covered me and brought me to the ground in order to protect me from any danger. Moments later, John knowingly shielded me from a spray of gunshots. It was then, I believe, John was hit with a bullet that would have very possibly struck me. I feel very strongly that I was saved by John and his ultimate kindness.
Whether serving his country or protecting those close to him, John will be remembered for his bravery, quick thinking and instincts.
He will be remembered as a hero.
John, graduated from Illinois high school, Crystal Lake South, and then graduated with a degree in history and political science from the University of Wisconsin and died at the age of 27.
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