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"Al Capone & Easy Eddie" - - by Rev. Weldon Bares

I enjoy watching “Mysteries at the Museum” on television. I saw an episode the other day about “Easy Eddie.” He was Al Capone’s lawyer. He made a hefty salary for keeping the famous gangster out of prison.

But Easy Eddie was worried about the impact of his life, and especially his actions on his young son. So, he went to the Chicago police one day, and he agreed to testify against Capone. It was more important to him to set a good example for his son, instead of making a lot of money. He paid the price for this with his life. A year later, the gangster had Easy Eddie gunned down in the famous St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in Chicago.

Butch was an American pilot in World War II who was stationed in the Pacific. One day he took off with his squadron. Before long, he discovered that his tank was not full. On his way back to the base, he came upon a squadron of Japanese Zeros headed to attack his aircraft carrier. Butch courageously attacked the enemy planes. He single-handedly turned them back.

He was awarded a medal for his bravery. In fact, Chicago’s International Airport was also renamed after him. Also, this little fact is important, Butch O’Hare was Easy Eddie’s son. The truth of the matter is this: setting a good example is worth dying for.

Scripture encourages us with these words, “In everything set them an example by doing what is good.” (Titus 2:7)

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