Local Hero Honored

On September 8, 2021, Family Health Services joined the community in celebrating the life of U.S. Navy Corpsman, Maxton Soviak. Max was a 2017 graduate from Edison High School. He was among 13 U.S. service members who died in Kabul while helping to evacuate those at risk of being killed by the Taliban. Max was a beloved son, brother, and uncle who loved and served his country well. Max Soviak was a life lost too soon and we at FHS mourn this loss with the community.

“Max Soviak’s death, and the other 12 Marines and soldiers, has greatly impacted us all. The best way we can honor these young heroes is to give back to our Veterans and underserved communities.” (Peter Rauner, Director of Community Development, Family Health Services).

“As a veteran who recently relocated to this region, I was very moved by the outpouring of reverence for Berlin Height’s native, Petty Officer 3rd Class, Maxton Soviak. The complete procession route was lined with supporters in his honor as he was transported back home. This community recognizes the sacrifices of those who are willing to go in harm’s way to serve our Nation and others.  My sincere condolences to Corpsman Soviak’s family, friends, community, and the Navy Fleet Marine Hospital Corps.  RIP Corpsman Maxton Soviak – Far Seas and Following Winds.” (Peter Rauner)

Staff members that were unable to attend the public procession wore red, white, and blue clothing to show our unending support to the Soviak family and this great community. FHS staff made monetary donations in his honor. Total contributions were matched by David Tatro, CEO of Family Health Services, and sent to the Max Soviak Memorial Fund.

Memorial donations to the Max Soviak Memorial Fund can be made at any Civista Bank, or checks can be made out the Max Soviak Memorial Fund and mailed to: Civista Bank, 24 E. Main St., Berlin Heights, OH 44814.