MONTICELLO – Joseph Frye said he’s tired of the United States government doing nothing to protect those who serve their country.
After the death of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, during an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi in 2012 and the slaying of five service members at a military recruitment center in Chattanooga, Tenn., last week, Frye is taking matters into his own hands.
“Service members should be protected,” Frye said. “They volunteered to protect us, so I’m just trying to put heat on the issue.”
Dressed in full medieval knight regalia – including a 10-pound steel helmet – Frye, of Jeffersonville, stood Thursday in front of the Peach Tree building on Broadway where a Marines Recruiting Office is located.
He came armed with a bow and arrow – both of which he made himself – because he doesn’t have a permit to carry a gun.
Frye was joined by his wife, Annette Nazari, and Harris resident William Richards in what he referred to as a “fire watch.”
All three have military experience. Frye is a Marine veteran, Nazari is a Navy veteran, and Williams spent four years in the Marines and three years in the Army.Frye said he plans to do this every Thursday. Next week he said he’ll be in Middletown.
A spokesman for the Marines in Albany could not be reached for comment.
“I want to get a nationwide movement to protect service members when they can’t protect themselves,” Frye said.