Vestavia Hills Living

2017

Official magazine published by the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce for the City of Vestavia Hills which details the quality of life, education, shopping and lifestyle of Vestavia Hills.

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P A R T N E R I N G W I T H A H E R O Following the success of her first Bo-focused book, Martin wanted to write about him again. The second time around, she drew inspiration from her friendship with Galloway, who she knew before his accident, recovery or Dancing with the Stars gig. Galloway's mother and sister both worked at West with Martin, who has always been openly patriotic. "Noah enlisted in the Army after 9/11, and one day, he came by the school to see his mother in full uniform," Martin says. "His mom sent him down to my room to see me because she knew I would share his patriotism." The two just hit it off, with a shared sense of humor and love of country. After completing his first deployment to Iraq, Galloway came back to school to talk to Martin's third grade class about serving in the Army. In December 2005, during his second deployment, Galloway lost his left arm above the elbow and left leg above the knee during an attack. While Galloway struggled through recovery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, he and Martin stayed in touch. After fighting the isolation and depression that often accompanies combat injuries, Galloway rose above his injuries to lead a full life—showing a perseverance that mirrored that of Bo the tripod dog. "I realized that we could tell the story of Noah and Bo, an amputee dog and a double amputee soldier, and inspire children to keep on keeping on," Martin says. Her second book, Bo Meets a Hero: Lessons from a Wounded Army Vet and a Three-Legged Dog, was published in 2015. Martin and Galloway held a joint book signing at the Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest in 2016 to an overflow crowd. When Galloway visited West to share his story with second- and third-graders, "you could have heard a pin drop," Martin says. While Martin lost Bo after the publication of her second book, she has since adopted Trigley, another tripod dog who needed to be rescued. She hopes to continue writing stories that will inspire children and adults to live better lives despite their circumstances. Following the success of her first Bo-focused book, Martin wanted to write about him again. The second time around, she drew inspiration from her friendship with Galloway, who she knew before his accident, recovery or Dancing with the Stars gig. 54 v e s tav i a h i l l s l i v i n g 2 0 1 7

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