Gentrup To Be Featured As Reds’ Hometown Hero
By Mike Perleberg
(Versailles, Ind.) – A local advocate for his fellow military veterans will be honored at a Cincinnati Reds baseball game later this month.
P.G. Gentrup is a Rising Sun resident and the Ohio County Veterans Service Officer. Family member say Gentrup has been selected for recognition as the “Cincinnati Bell Hometown Hero” at the Reds home game at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday, July 29.
Being a Hometown Hero gives Gentrup an opportunity to appear atop the home team dugout in the second inning of that day’s game as his accomplishments are announced throughout the stadium’s PA system.
With help from daughter Kelli Gentrup-Pettit and son Brian Gentrup, Ron Spurlock wrote and submitted P.G.’s nomination for the Hometown Hero honor.
“We have a Vietnam Veteran, Paul (PG) Gentrup, who is more than worthy to be honored for his service to our country. And if he knew I was nominating him, he’d give me a list of people he thought were more worthy and should be nominated instead of him. This habit of always thinking of others first is why I’m nominating him,” Spurlock wrote in the nomination.
“His military records will show that he was honorably discharged in 1968, but I can tell you that he is still serving.”
For more information on the Cincinnati Reds’ “Cincinnati Bell Hometown Hero” program, visit http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/cin/community/hometown_heroes.jsp.