Auburn HS surprises Rockford alderman with goodbye sendoff before military service


Auburn High School teacher Jonathan Logemann gets a surprise sendoff as he’s scheduled to be deployed to Afghanistan with the National Guard.

It was a knight surprise as hundreds filled the high school gym to sendoff one of their own. The National Guard first lieutenant says he felt the love from his Auburn family.

“Being a teacher is really tough,” said Logemann. “Some days are harder than others but these types of days are special when you see this because these kids mean so much to me. It’s special to know that I at least mean a little something to them I hope.”

Besides being a teacher at Auburn, Logemann serves the second ward as alderman. City staff, members of the military and first responders all came out to show their support.

“We’re sad to lose him on the council for a little bit,” said Rockford Chief of Staff Wester Wuori. “But we’re going to be there for his family and we’re going to look forward to welcoming him back.”

Auburn senior Darryus McCoy says after having Logemann as his business teacher, he’s become someone he looks up to.

“Ever since I came to Auburn I’ve had a great connection with Mr.Logemann,” said McCoy. “With him dressing in business attire and me currently interested going into business that grasped my attention and I wanted to get closer to Mr. Logemann.”

Logemann will report to Chicago on Tuesday, then in July, he’ll deploy to Afghanistan.

ROTC junior LaDarius Jackson says being at Friday’s sendoff is the least he could do.

“I felt it would be respectful and appropriate to do that as a goodbye token to him,” said Jackson.

Logemann says although the changes are stressful, his support system makes it a little easier.

“We’ll get through it. My wife is really strong, two great kids, so we’ll figure out a way especially with all of this support from our Auburn and East High School families where my wife works.”

Logemann will soon become captain for the National Guard, he says his mission in Afghanistan isn’t clear just yet but adds he’s ready to serve his country.

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