Wall of Honor

This page honors the military veterans and first responders we have lost in the line of duty or to the war within.  With the Heroes Live On initiative, 22 Sierra Coffee Co. will be honoring these heroes on the back of our coffee.

Garrett Briggs - US Army

SPC Garrett Spencer Briggs was born on July 31, 1989, in Santa Ana, CA. He was the definition of the "true Californian" from his free-spirited nature to his love of the outdoors. He graduated at the top of his class and finished on the Dean's List from the NASCAR Institute. He worked in the Lowe's Pit Crew at the Charlotte Motor Speedway and then was recruited to work at the BMW Headquarters. After losing his mother, Garrett Joined the Army. He served honorably from 2011-2016. He was assigned to the 1/75th Ranger Regiment and, afterwards, the 82d Airborne. He deployed to Afghanistan with the 1/75th from 2012-2013. Garrett was a loving husband, father, and friend. He is survived by his wife, Miranda, his daughter, Essex, his sister, Kelly, and her four beautiful children, and his father, Gerry Santoyo. The Fight the War Within Foundations was established in his memory with a mission to connect those of all walks of life to mental health resources.

David Biehl - US Army

David Biehl 22 Sierra Coffee Co Wall of Honor

David Biehl was born on November 18, 1983, in Kennewick, Washington. As a teenager, he served as a Cadet with the Spokane Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol in Spokane, Washington. David enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve on November 21, 2000, and completed basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, between his Junior and Senior year of high school. Pvt Biehl served with the 321st Engineer Battalion with the U.S. Army Reserve in Idaho, and completed Advanced Individual Training as a Combat Engineer at Fort Benning, Georgia, in 2002. Sgt Biehl served with the 671st Engineer Company of the U.S. Army Reserve based out of Portland, Oregon, while activated and deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom from March 2003 to February 2004. During this time he participated in constructing an assault bridge across the Euphrates River in April 2003 (the first American assault bridge crossing since the Vietnam War); Operation Desert Sting, where he helped with combat patrols along the Tigris River; and bridge projects in Taji and Al-Muthana. Sgt Biehl went on active duty with the Army beginning on August 31, 2005, and served as a Combat Engineer and Bridge Crewmember for his second deployment to Iraq from July 2006 to July 2007. He became an Army Recruiter in March 2008, and served with U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion Salt Lake City, with the recruiting office in Boise, Idaho, from March 2008 until his death on active duty on November 10, 2011. During this time, SSG Biehl earned the Recruiter Ring in April 2009, and was inducted as a member of the Glen E. Morrell Order of Recruiting Excellence in recognition of outstanding achievements and dedication to the United States Army Recruiting Command on October 15, 2009. He was buried at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in Boise, Idaho.

Seth Witulski - US Navy / Sheriff's Deputy

Seth Witulski 22 Sierra Coffee Co Wall of Honor

Deputy Seth Witulski was born and raised in Omaha, NE on January 13th, 1990. He grew up an avid outdoorsman with a passion for project cars. On any given day Seth could be found hiking through the woods or turning wrenches in the garage. Seth was a true patriot who had a love and loyalty for his country that was unmatched by most. After graduating from Mount Michael Benedictine High School, Seth went on to pursue a college degree, but found his life was meant for something different. Following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, Seth joined the United States Navy. During his service, Seth was stationed in Yokosuka, Japan on the forward deployed nuclear aircraft carrier, the USS George Washington. He completed four deployments in the Asia Pacific region and earned his warfare specialist medal. After serving his country for 5 years, Seth transitioned back into civilian life but continued to serve his community. Seth became a deputy with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (NE) in March of 2016. He worked in patrol, court services, and served as a mentor to young adults who wanted to pursue a career in law enforcement. Seth was most happy when he was positively interacting with the community he served. He was always remembered for his professionalism, genuine smile, and upbeat demeanor. Deputy Seth Witulski passed away January 19th, 2020. He is survived by his wife, Kayleigh, two daughters, Myla and Evelynn, son, Marek, and parents, Julie and Dave. Seth’s memory lives on through all of the lives that he impacted during his military service and law enforcement career.

Nickolas Maner - US Army

Nickolas Maner 22 Sierra Coffee Co Wall of Honor

Nickolas Maner was born May 5th, 1991 in Thomasville, NC. All Nickolas talked about was going the Army. In May of 2010, Nickolas enlisted in the U.S. Army. In June of the same year, he graduated High School and, in July, he left for Ft. Benning, GA, for his basic training. He went from Ft. Benning to Ft. Polk, LA, where he was stationed. In January, 2011, Nickolas was deployed to Afghanistan for 9 months serving with Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division. When he returned home, he finished up at Ft. Polk before separating from the Army in 2013. We lost Nickolas to the War at Home in 2017. Nickolas is buried at the Salisbury National Cemetery.

Brian Reed - US Army

SSG Brian Michael Reed started his military career (2005-2016) in the 82nd Airborne 2/505 PIR, he went on to serve one tour in Iraq where he was injured by an IED and inspired to become an EOD Tech. As an EOD tech, Brian served two tours in Afghanistan. Brian was a Bronze Star with Valor recipient which he likely felt was simply part of doing what he knew he should do. He was never one to look for glory. He simply let his actions speak for themselves. Brian will always be remembered for his laugh, his smile, and his quick and razor sharp wit. He was a jokester and would always one up any prank you pulled, yet he could sit with you and speak about any subject imaginable. Brian spent time in an instructional role while posted at Ft. Lee, Virginia, and I know he passed on a tremendous amount of wisdom to all those he spent time on the range with. So slip a bit of bourbon in your morning cup and push yourself to the brink, I know Brian would join you.

Paul Drogos - US Marine Corps

Written by Ming Drogos: "Paul was born in San Francisco on April 9, 1969 and was raised in Fairfield, CA. Growing up, Paul had a passion for martial arts and firearms. Four months after graduating from Fairfield high school, Paul joined the US Marine Corps. Paul deployed with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment during the 1st gulf war as a Scout Sniper. After 4 years in the Marine Corps, Paul became a police officer then spend 20+ years as a federal law enforcement officer at FCC Butner in NC. He was 3 months short of retirement. Paul met his soulmate in March 2017, married her in November 2018 and after just 5 months of marriage, he left this world. Paul loved jazz, his favorite movie was The Song of Music, Paul loved to cook and eat. Paul had a heart of gold and he can make anyone laugh and smile. Paul passed away on April 15, 2019 at Carolina Beach. He always felt peaceful on the beach. Paul was an avid marksman, a survivalist, a devoted husband, a dedicated bonus dad, a loving son, a caring brother, a steadfast friend to many, a selfless man and man of honor."

Jacob Gray - US Marine Corps

Written by Brenda Gray: "Remembering SGT Jacob Mally Gray, USMC 3/6 Lima Co. 12/03/86 – 06/04/15 MY SON, MY HERO Jacob enjoyed hunting, fishing, and the great outdoors. You would always catch him on down time reading a book or on his kindle. He loved spending time with his family and friends. He was a kind, giving and extremely intelligent person who always was looking for ways to better himself and those around him. May we always remember him for his dedication, service and honor to this country, his men, his family and the Corps. Jacob was born in Alexandria, Louisiana on 12/3/86, the third son of Brenda and Chris Gray. He was a twin and the ”baby" of the family. Since the age of 10 all Jacob talked about was joining the Marines. He actually graduated 1 year early (taking summer courses) from Cloverleaf High School, Lodi, OH in June 2004. He had enlisted early in Marines on a delayed entry program. Leaving for MRCD Parris Island, SC on November 15, 2004; graduating February 11, 2005, he participated in Permissive Recruiter Assistance Program prior to attending SOI School. He graduated May 2005 from the School of Infantry. Jacob was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, Lima Company in June 2005. He was stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC his whole career. He was found dead in the barracks on June 4, 2015. His deployments include: Operation Iraqi Freedom: 8/25/05-3/20/06, 1/19/07-8/9/07, 4/5/08-10/25/08 (he re-enlisted while in Iraq). Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan: 1/9/10-8/17/10. While in Marjah he stepped on an IED. My son REFUSED first aid and DEMANDED his men check for secondary IEDs in the school building the Taliban used as a HQ. Many more was found. Only have the building was secure & his men safe did my son allow medical treatment to be performed on him. By the grace of God he only suffered knee damage and was back on duty within 36 hours. Later after deployment was done he required additional knee surgery. Took him 2 1/2 years to continue to fight and rehab but was able to regain FULL Active duty status. Jacob’s Awards include: Combat Action Ribbon with Gold Star Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 1 bronze star Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal with 3 bronze stars Presidential Unit Citation-Navy Iraq campaign Medal with 4 bronze stars Individual Certificate of Commendation Sea Service Deployment Ribbon National Defense Service Medal NATO Medal-lSAF Afghanistan Navy Unit commendation with 4 bronze stars Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Gold 'V“ for Valor. Final resting place: Hazard Cemetery, West Salem, OHIO."

Sonny Lee - US Army

Written by Virginia Ebert: "Spc Sonny Lee [Redacted] is one of the 22toomany fallen Veterans. Sonny Lee was the youngest of 4 children named after his maternal grandfather (Retired Air Force) and his Mother. He lived in Moneta, Va. He's a Son, Brother, Grandson, Uncle and Dad. He served in the US Army Infantry along with his (MWD) dog Duma and he was responsible for the care and training of Duma. Sonny and Duma were front line and led their Platoon, both Sonny and Duma were injured and Duma was retired after 3 tours of Afghanistan. Sonny Lee was well known for his great personality and his smile and never met a stranger. Sonny lost his battle to his demons. Gone too soon, but Never Forgotten. Sonny Lee's name will live on. 3/10/90- 11/9/16. If someone cries out for help, don't turn your back, be the voice and save a life. "Do it for Sonny" I will forever be his voice and tell his story until my last breath."

Ian McLaughlin - US Army (KIA - Afghanistan)

Written by Tarah McLaughlin: " Ian was a devoted husband, father and solider. He loved nothing more then Sunday’s spent with his family watching the cowboys or being out on mission with his other family. Ian was born to be a daddy and loved our babies so very much."