When the Hagerstown Suns announced their Sun-for-a-Day promotion in late July, they were looking for a story of positive influence in the Hagerstown community. When Jim Malone's name was submitted, the Suns' front office knew it could stop looking.
Malone, a teacher and coach at Mercersburg Academy, saved a local man's life in 2007, pulling Buck Windsor from a burning truck. Windsor heard about the Suns promotion in July, and submitted Malone's name and story to the Suns the very next day.
"Jim's story was above and beyond anything (the Suns) were expecting," said Suns President Bob Flannery. "We were looking for someone who epitomized community involvement, and community service. There is no service more valuable to a community than risking your life for someone else."
On Friday, Malone was honored by the Suns and given the opportunity to spend the day as a member of the team.