Incorporated in 1712 and among its many notable attributes, its main claim to fame is as the birthplace of Captain Nathan Hale.
Nathan Hale was born in Coventry, Connecticut, on June 6, 1755. After graduating from Yale University, he became a schoolteacher. When war began in the American colonies, he joined a Connecticut regiment and was made a captain in 1776. On a secret mission ordered by General George Washington, Hale went behind enemy lines to gather information on the British army’s location. After the British captured Boston, General Washington moved his army to New York, where he expected the next British attack. The Continental Army’s defeat at Brooklyn Heights in August, 1776, pushed Washington’s army into Manhattan and gave the British control of most of Long Island. Washington desperately needed reliable information on the British’s next move and began asking for volunteers to cross enemy lines.
Though spying was not considered honorable for a gentleman, Nathan Hale volunteered, fully aware of the danger: spies were considered illegal combatants and quickly executed. Indeed, he was captured by the British in New York City and hanged for espionage on September 22, 1776 at the age of 21.
It is fair to say Nathan Hale was not a very good spy, as he was exposed almost immediately. It is also fair to note that by all contemporary accounts of his life and death, he was an intelligent and patriotic young man who displayed a strong love for country. After his death, his loyal friends and an anxious American public looking for heroes, transformed this young neophyte warrior into a symbol of self-sacrifice and martyrdom. In 1985, Nathan Hale was officially designated Connecticut’s state hero.
Documents and letters reveal Hale was an informed, practical, detail-oriented man who planned ahead. Besides the well-known quote attributed to him at the time of his death, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country,” he is also quoted as saying, “I wish to be useful, and every kind of service necessary to the public good becomes honorable by being necessary.”
While there are many things to which this quote can be applied, one of them is the various services provided by SURE Lock & Key. Their motto is somewhat similar to Hale’s: “To provide the same level of service we would want to receive.”
SURE Lock & Key technicians are highly trained and are equipped with state of the art technology. Professional, friendly, and courteous service is their priority when selecting and training every new employee. That is why they receive higher than industry standard referral rates, among the highest in the nation.
“Informed, practical, and detail oriented,” SURE Lock & Key are modern-day heroes of a different kind.