OHCE makes quilt for local fallen hero

By Jessica Breger

September 6, 2013

The ladies of the Bryan County Oklahoma Home and Community Education (OHCE) have completed their first Home of the Brave quilt.

This quilt will be presented to the family of a fallen hero with the U.S. military. The quilt will be given to the mother of Brady J. Rudolf.

His wife has already received this type of quilt from another organization. Rudolf left behind three sons and a brother as well.

Chief Warrant Officer Brady Rudolf died in a helicopter crash during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2008. He served 20 years in the U.S. Army. Rudolf graduated from Durant High School in 1989.

Rudolf’s family still resides in Durant and a memorial has been placed for him at Durant High School. Rudolf has been honored in several ways in his home town.

This is the first time the Bryan County OHCE has made a Home of the Brave quilt. For the 103 fallen Oklahoman service members, 36 quilts have presented to families.

“We need to do some more,” said Dorothy Curtis.

Curtis said she is not sure if her group itself will be making more of these quilts but she would not mind doing it again.

The majority of the supplies for this quilt were donated to the OHCE for the project. Eleven OHCE members assembled the quilt. LaDona Gordon of Durant donated her services by completing the quilting herself for free.

The Home of the Brave Quilt project began in 2004 with the Citrus Belt Quilters Guild in Redlands, California, as a way to honor and show respect for those who died serving our country in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The quilts are modeled after the quilts made by Northern women during the civil war for their soldiers. Each quilt has to be made to match certain specifications of the project including size and design specifications.

The Home of the Brave Quilt project has now spread across the country, the District of Columbia and honorary chapters in England, Germany and Australia.

To request a quilt for a family of a fallen serving in Iraq or Afghanistan visit the project’s website at http://www.homeofthebravequilts.com.