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Andrew Bates talks about the bench he made in honor of Nathan Rimpf, an ECU grad who was injured in Afghanistan. (Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)
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Andrew Bates talks about the bench he made in honor of Nathan Rimpf, an ECU grad who was injured in Afghanistan. (Rhett Butler/The Daily Reflector)

Furnishing support for ECU alum

By Kim Grizzard

The Daily Reflector

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When East Carolina University graduate Nathan Rimpf was injured in Afghanistan, support for the Army first lieutenant came out of the woodwork.

A charity golf tournament was organized in his honor. Thousands of wristbands were sold to help provide for his family.


Among all the contributions that have been furnished, a gift from woodworker Andrew Bates is unique. He decided to dedicate a furniture exhibition to the fellow alumnus he did not know.

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