The Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library in Stow, Ohio, became the setting where a former Navy SEAL was able to bring his SEAL experience to fellow Ohio natives.
Christopher Mark Heben, as shared in a feature on the Lakewood Patch, hails from northeast Ohio, and finished high school at Lakewood High School in 1988. While working for a mortgage banking firm, he found himself signing up for a SEAL program in 1996: “I saw an article in Popular Mechanics magazine…. I was enthralled with all things military so I took a hard look at this program. I had a tie on that I could not stand. I heard the calling, heeded it and enlisted.”
The rest, so to speak, is history, and now Heben is given the opportunity to inspire others to take that “road less travelled” – becoming a SEAL. Heben spent half an hour showcasing various training techniques, as well as scenarios that he had experienced while training to become a SEAL. An open forum afterwards provided the audience with opportunities to ask questions.
Of the journey to become a Navy SEAL, Heben shared: “SEAL training takes heart… Some guys hear the calling and listen or don’t. Some who don’t respond spend the rest of their life wondering.” He also shared that SEALs live by the adage: “Sweat more in peace, bleed less in war.”
Heben served with the Navy SEALs for ten years, until 2006. He is currently the Executive Vice President and COO of Medical Security International, a company that provides trainings for local law enforcement, as well as other agencies, regarding how to best prepare themselves for medical situations in the field.
Doug Dotterer, Library Executive Director, shared: “We brought Mr. Heben to the Library to highlight how our military special forces are engaging dangerous enemies around the world with little fanfare or recognition to protect Americans freedoms and liberties.”