Each month, the Hernando County School Board takes a moment to acknowledge and express gratitude to a county staff member who has dedicated their time to serving the United States. This December, the spotlight shines on Mr. Augie Bents, an esteemed Spring Hill Elementary School individual.
Kristen D. Tormey, the principal of Spring Hill Elementary, spoke before the board, saying, “It’s my privilege and honor to speak with you this evening about Mr. August Bents, better known as Augie.” Mr. Bents is currently an Educational Support Technician (EST) at Spring Hill Elementary, contributing to the Hernando County School District for the past 12 years.
Before joining the educational field, Mr. Bents served in the U.S. Marines for four years, demonstrating his commitment to protecting and serving our nation. Following his military service, he continued his dedication to public service by joining the New York Police Department, where he honorably served the city during one of the most challenging periods in our country’s history—September 11, 2001.
As both a veteran and a first responder, Mr. Bents endured years of sacrifice and exhaustion, selflessly giving back to our country. Mr. Bents remembers his time in the military as an honorable period filled with life-long friendships. His commitment to service extends beyond his own experiences, as his son has followed in his footsteps and is now a Marine.
In the words of Principal Tormey, “Today, we honor all of those who have served. To our very own Augie Bents, thank you for risking your life so that our nation may remain free.” The recognition presented to Mr. Bents reminds us of the sacrifices made by individuals like him who have dedicated their lives to preserving our dear freedoms.