In May of 2008 Tanya Garza's life spun hopelessly and dangerously out of control. In a crime more horrific than any in recent Saco history, she was shot repeatedly by Geoffrey Reese and left for dead on the edge of the Cascade Road in the middle of the night. Reese was charged in the matter and investigators built a strong case with evidence collected from the scene and statements from those involved. In the end, however, a successful prosecution often comes down to the ability of the victim to recount the details of the crime and what led to it. Many victims, understandably, aren't able to relive the horrors of a singularly traumatic event and the perpetrator either goes free or receives a much lighter sentence as a result. Tanya, drawing upon a personal strength many will never know, returned to Maine from Texas and bravely told a York County jury what happened that night. The credibility of her testimony was such that the jury returned a verdict of Guilty on all counts, and Reese will spend many years in jail, keeping Tanya and the rest of society safe. Tanya's strength is an example for all of us, and has rightfully earned her a Challenge Coin.