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Aaron Thomas personifies courage

The family of the late Ed Thomas will be honored at the ESPYS.

Updated: July 15, 2010, 9:53 AM ET
By Elizabeth Merrill | ESPN.com

PARKERSBURG, Iowa -- Ed Thomas used to tell his adult Sunday school class a story. He kept it on a slip of paper in his Bible. It was about two boys, two friends. One was killed in a car accident; the other went to jail for vehicular manslaughter. The father of the dead boy forgave the other kid. Someday, Thomas told his pupils, he hoped to have the same grace that the man showed. He prayed about it. Someday, Ed Thomas had said, if he ever lost a loved one at the hands of somebody else, he wanted ...

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