Posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015, Kassig truly lived a selfless life. After graduating from North Central High School in 2006, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Rangers. He would be deployed to Iraq in 2007 for four months before being honorably discharged and returning home. After two years at Hanover College and some time away, he enrolled at Butler University in 2011 and began to learn his true passion.
He became passionate about aiding those whose lives were ripped apart by the increasing turmoil in the Middle East. Multiple trips to the region led him to start his own non-profit organization, SERA (Special Emergency Response and Assistance), a non-governmental organization providing trauma care, emergency medical training, and direct aid to war victims in Lebanon, Turkey, and Syria. He would go on to help hundreds in the region when so many would not.
Tragically, Kassig was taken hostage and killed in Syria by ISIS in November 2014. Even through tragedy, he was hailed worldwide for his compassion, dedication to serving those in need and for helping to build an understanding between Christians and Muslims in the U.S. and beyond. The benefits of his selfless life live on.