|Published:||Oct 22, 2010 11:01 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Oct 22, 2010 6:21 PM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Local law enforcement got quite a show Friday. Motivational speaker, Colonel Danny McKnight, participated in part of their leadership training this week. McKnight's experiences made him the inspiration of the book turned movie - Black Hawk Down.
Colonel Danny McKnight spent 28 years in the military - fighting in Panama in 1989 and Somalia in 1993. His experience in Somalia served as the basis for the book and the movie.
"The events of October 3rd and 4th are what I call the toughest days I've ever experienced. We had a helicopter get shot down... then we had another helicopter get shot down."
That's where he was shot in the neck and arm.
"People started reading that book and hearing about it now and saying 'Wow, what happened over there that we really didn't know everything about. We really did a great job over there'."
Now, he reflects on those times, and many others, to crowds of heroes across the country. Friday, he taught deputies how to be successful when handling the most difficult, severe situations in Lee County.
"They always need training to stay and sharp and as trained as they can possibly be because the people who benefit from that are you and I. I get to talk about leadership and patriotism and soldiers and stuff like that - and that's a very powerful message across the country I found out."
A couple of McKnight's awards include the Bronze Star Medal for Valor and the Purple Heart.
He currently lives in Rockledge, Florida and works as a motivational speaker full-time.
Tom Sizemore played him in the movie.
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