Walter Paulovic Arrives In Style

Walter Paulovic is not your usual Staples student. The senior will finish his classes next month, and join the Marine Corps — a longtime dream.

This morning, he did not arrive in school the usual way either. Westport Police officer Ned Batlin — who helped him through the Marine Corps process — picked him up at home, and drove him to North Avenue in the Humvee used for high water search and rescue operations.

Walter Paulovic, Ned Batlin and Jay Dirnberger, 7:15 morning at Staples High School.

Walter Paulovic, Ned Batlin and Jay Dirnberger, 7:15 this morning at Staples High School.

The unusual transportation came courtesy of Jay Dirnberger. He’s mentored Walter since 7th grade. At the Westport Historical Society’s recent holiday house party, Jay saw a silent auction item — a ride to Staples in a cop car — and realized it would be a perfect gift for his mentee.

Jay won the auction. And Walter won a morning he’ll remember for a long time — even when he’s driving his own Marine vehicle, a few years “down the road.”

5 responses to “Walter Paulovic Arrives In Style

  1. Gutsy kid. Good luck.

  2. Thank you for your service Walter. Good luck & be safe!

  3. Semper Fi Walter!

  4. Mary Lynn Halland

    God’s speed, and thank you for your service, Walter.

  5. Walt is a great kid! While we’re at it, his mentor, Jay Dirnberger is a former Army aviator who flew helicopters with the 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam. He is the recipient of the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and the Distinguished Flying Cross.. Couldn’t ask for a better role model!