Windsor‘s Staff Sergeant Danie Fineman told an assembly full of students Monday all about her fascinating work in intelligence.
After speaking with students, Fineman was presented with an award. Senator Richard Blumenthal also spoke, and gave her a flag that had flown over the Capitol in Washington DC.
Hundreds of students filled the auditorium, their choir sang, and they watched a video of her work in the military.
Fineman says from 2001 until 2003 she interrogated more than 100 people. One of those people almost helped troops capture Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Troops eventually caught up with him in December of 2003.
While she doesn’t regret her service, and says it was good for her at the time, she stressed teenagers should think very hard before making that choice for themselves.
“Joining the military should be their last option, really. Any other thing that they can do to serve their community and make their lives better, they should do before putting on the uniform; but if they feel like they really want to put on the uniform, they should highly respect the uniform.”
Windsor High School Senior Morgan Looby was impressed with what she learned Monday.
“Those are the heroes that don’t get talked about. We talk a lot about combat, but the behind-the-scenes is almost more fascinating to me.”
Fineman told us before the assembly she doesn’t need a thank you, because she was simply doing her job. She also added that a small act of kindness for a veteran can really make a big impression.
Fineman says she’ll never forget when someone bought her coffee for simply having veterans plates.