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Micah L. McGuire
United States war veteran and recipient of many awards and service ribbons, Micah McGuire fought in Operation Iraqi Freedom as a soldier in the United States Army. He served at a pivotal point in history - the first Iraqi elections. For three days Micah and his platoon secured a half-destroyed elementary school in a rural town in Iraq and defended it from attack. His unit conducted various missions across northern Iraq, trained the Iraqi National Guard and local police. Micah returned home after a one-year tour and found himself a single father of his two very small children.
For the next ten years, Micah attended various learning institutions in order to get training in areas he knew would be helpful in providing for his family, including the Art Institute of Seattle for graphic design, the Art Institute of Phoenix for video production, the Discovery Detective Academy, and completed courses at the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute in Phoenix, making him a certified Harley-Davidson motorcycle mechanic.
In 2010 Arizona State Governor Jan Brewer signed into legislation the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act (introduced as Arizona Senate Bill 1070), requesting civilians to begin training to aid in times of crisis. Micah volunteered with an organization known as the Arizona State Militia in order to comply with this request and to assist in protecting the state where he was raising his family. This organization reported its methods of training, background verification procedures, and membership numbers to the liaison of the Arizona State Senators during meetings held at the state capitol. Micah personally assisted by training civilians in procedures such as First Aid, traffic control, land navigation, and more. These trained volunteers assisted in US Veterans’ events, parades, and other events, as well as building houses for Habitat For Humanity, and much more.
In April of 2014, after hearing unconfirmed rumors of civilians being harmed at a protest, Micah traveled to Nevada with water, food, and medical supplies. He had no prior knowledge of any of the legal situations involved with the Bundy family in Bunkerville and merely went to observe the protest. Once at the protest site, Micah watched a crowd standing in a wash, under a bridge, as they stared down the barrels of some thirty-plus armed gunmen, who were working for the Bureau of land Management and were telling the crowd by way of a megaphone that they had orders from the BLM to kill them. As Micah watched from a hilltop in horror he thought the only way he could possibly help would be to use his own body as a shield for the women and children below if the bullets started flying. Thankfully the BLM agents stood down and no one was hurt. He went home and posted a picture to Facebook, stating that he was “proud” that no one was killed that day, but feared it may happen again.
Micah McGuire has absolutely no criminal history and has been volunteering as a street minister for the two years after the Bundy Ranch protest. Micah is now being held in the Corrections Corporation of America’s Pahrump, Nevada prison after being tackled and arrested by the FBI on his way to work on March 3rd, 2016. He has been held without bail ever since, even though there exist no legitimate reasons or crimes he has committed to keep him so confined.
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