Born and raised in Princeton, Massachusetts, Chris was the only son and youngest child of James & Dorothy Sullivan. Known from an early age for his easy smile and sense of humor, Chris quickly enamored and earned the respect of those he came in contact with, a trait that would serve him well during his future military career.

Educated in the public school system, Capt. Sullivan graduated from Wachusett Regional High School (1993) and the University of Massachusetts-Lowell in 1998, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. While in Lowell he pledged and became a brother of Sigma Phi Omicron fraternity.

Interested in the military from an early age, Capt. Sullivan became a member of the Civil Air Patrol at the age of 12 and rose to the rank of cadet Commander his senior year of High School, following a long line of family involvement in military service.  He received his commission in the U.S. Army at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1999. Chris’ early military assignments included peacekeeping missions in Kosovo and Germany, where he met and married his wife, Sandra.

In January 2004, Capt. Sullivan was deployed to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Two positive highlights of his time in Iraq were a telephone call placed from Fallujah, Iraq to the United States on Veterans Day 2004, arranged by the Shirley American Legion. Capt. Sullivan spoke through loudspeakers to a group of citizens, which included his parents, who had gathered in Whitely Park to celebrate the occasion. He closed by saying: “Be proud of your sons and daughters who are fighting here to keep America safe….from those who wish us harm.”

The second personal highlight for Capt. Sullivan came from receiving his first command, that of Company A, 2nd Battalion, 12th Calvary Regiment, 1st Calvary Division on January 10, 2005 just days before his death. He was cherished and respected by both the soldiers and officers under his command.

On January 18, 2005, just two weeks from his scheduled return home, while on a patrol of suspicious activity at a nearby bridge in Baghdad, Capt.. Sullivan lost his life when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated. He is survived by his wife and son, David, his parents, Dorothy & Jim Sullivan and his two sisters, Jennifer & Amy. Chris is remembered by those who knew him for his quick smile, amazing sense of humor, his generous and giving spirit, his sense of responsibility to duty & honor and his deep love of family & country.

Sigma Phi Omicron fraternity is proud to be the organizer and major sponsor of the race honoring Chris’ memory as a patriot and a man. Thank you for your participation.

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