The story of Lisle police officer Robert Harper is one that could be taken from the headlines of virtually any newspaper.
His superiors, his fellow officers and his community all regard him as a leader and a hero. But the father of two young girls says that today, he is just a man who appreciates life and is thankful to be one of the few who can make a difference.
Harper, 46, has served his community nearly 18 years as a police officer. But he has also represented his country on a larger, more dangerous stage: This December, he will have served 30 years as both an active and reserve member of the United States Army.