Shanahan awarded 'Fire in the Gut' honor

Mike Shanahan was honored with the prestigious ”Fire in the Gut” award at the event.

Posted 8/23/18

To the tune of AC/DC's “Thunderstruck,” five retired Navy SEALs parachuted down to Centennial Airport to kick off the 2018 Navy SEAL Foundation's Denver Evening of Tribute. The banquet, held Aug. …

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Shanahan awarded 'Fire in the Gut' honor

Mike Shanahan was honored with the prestigious ”Fire in the Gut” award at the event.

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To the tune of AC/DC's “Thunderstruck,” five retired Navy SEALs parachuted down to Centennial Airport to kick off the 2018 Navy SEAL Foundation's Denver Evening of Tribute.

The banquet, held Aug. 16, raised more than $800,000 in support of the Naval Special Warfare Community and its families, according to a news release.

Former Denver Broncos' coach Mike Shanahan was awarded the “Navy Seal Foundation's Fire in the Gut Award,” an honor given to a person or organization displaying the “all-in” quality of serving military families. The award was presented by Nan and Eric Kortz, parents of Special Operator, Third Class (SEAL) Jason Dunbar Kortz, who was killed in a training accident. Jason Korts was from Highlands Ranch and died in 2015 in a training accident in Southwest Riverside County in California.

“So when I talk to you tonight, I talk to you from a background of football, but I guarantee you the success that I've experienced is because of the standards the people in this room have set up,” Shanahan said.

"So for me, accepting this great honor tonight and being asked to speak to a group like this, to a team like this and to the people that are here tonight — thank you," Shanahan continued. "To the people that support the Navy SEALs, I can’t thank you enough.”

He then thanked the team of people in attendance and the people who support the Navy SEALs.

Master Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Ed Byers, recipient of the Medal of Honor, then paid respect to 152 Naval Special Warfare members who died since Sept. 11, 2001.

Master Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) Britt Slabinski, USN, (retired), also a Medal of Honor recipient, was the evening's keynote speaker.

“The reason this community is so special is that it knows so well what it bands together to defend,” he said.

The Navy SEAL Foundation supports personnel and their families and preserves the Naval Special Warfare force through a set of programs designed to improve health and welfare, enhance resiliency, educate families and provide support during times of illness, injury, loss or transition.

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