2004 Arctic cat Firecat F7 EXT

What was your intended objective when you started the build?

To build a sled with my children and to show them hard work pays off. While facing adversity you can accomplish your goals.

What motivated you to start your project?

While I was in the Marine Corp, I was deployed to Helmand province, Afghanistan for 7 months. I seen and done alot of things that I was trained for. But after coming home alot of my friends and family said that I’d changed. I always told them this is me and I’m not different I’ve just grown up. After 8 yrs of service and thinking I was ok, I applied for the Michigan department of corrections. After seeing what really happens in prison and living with inmates for 18 months my wife of 8 yrs and mother of four beautiful children decided to leave us. After trying for a couple of months to get her home, everything from PTSD, major depression syndrome and her leaving us I attempted suicide. Now the VA in Clare Michigan has helped me in so many ways to get my head straight not only for me but for my family. I’m very mechanically inclined, so I figured I’d do this project with my kids. It’s been the best months of my life teaching them how to turn a stock sled into a masterpiece.

What was the most unique and creative thing you did to the sled?

When the kids and I were placing the new graphics on the hood, my daughters didnt line the graphics up but oh well it’s the memories you made doing it.

What are you most proud of?

How close this has made all of us. Even though they wont remember it due to how young they are we have the pictures.

What do other people say about your sled?

That it looks nice and sounds even better than it did. That it was already fast and I didnt need to make it faster.

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