CHEYENNE, Wyo. (KGWN) - Scott O'Grady served in the United States Air Force from 1990 to 2000. During his service, O'Grady was stationed in Italy during the Bosnian War.
"When I was flying on a peace-keeping mission I was shot down and spent six days surviving behind enemy lines," O'Grady said.
He survived on his extensive survival training from the Air Force and the will to live he derived from his faith, his family and his love for his country.
After six days, United States Military Forces made contact with O'Grady and, after confirming his identity, set out on a rescue mission via helicopter. The Marine's found O'Grady, but on their way back over Bosnian air space, the helicopters took fire.
"But the most beautiful thing about the story was that 61 Marines went in on four helicopters to rescue me and 62 of us came home and nobody got hurt," O'Grady said.
The experience gave O'Grady a new outlook on life and taught him that no matter what someone does, they can always help someone else. That outlook took him to Saturday night's Cheyenne Rotary Club 100th Anniversary Gala.
O'Grady was the keynote speaker as the Rotary Club celebrated in 100th birthday and 100th year of service to Laramie County and the city of Cheyenne.
There are more than one million Rotarians across 147 different countries that all share one goal, to better their communities and the world.
Internationally, Rotarians goal is to eradicate Polio. In Laramie County, the Rotarians help the community by adopting streets, funding organizations like the YMCA and Boys and Girls Club and giving Wyomingites an opportunity at a better quality of life.
If you would like to become involved with the Rotary Club, visit Cheyenne Rotary Club on Facebook.