Crossing the country for your friend

Pictured left is Ernie Andrus who is a 97 year old Navy vet who has embarked on his second journey across the country on foot. Pictured right is John Martin who has accompanied Andrus and is continuing the journey in his friend’s honor Courtesy Photo

Crossing the country for your friend

A walk across America is no easy task.

Many people may think of doing it or dream of doing it, but never take the initiative to do it.

That’s not the case with John Martin, who is a 56-year-old, retired firefighter from California.

Martin walked through Gatesville on Jan. 11 by himself, but not for himself.

Martin is quick to explain that although he may be doing the walking, he is not doing it for himself, rather he is doing it on behalf of a friend named Ernest “Ernie” Andrus, who is 97 years old.








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