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In 2002, Jim Mollen of Dunwoody worked tirelessly for Hands on Atlanta to line up volunteers for dozens of public service projects on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
"I enjoy going out and performing the service on the front line," Mollen told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. EMAIL THIS PRINT THIS MOST POPULAR
At the time, "front line" was a figure of speech. On Wednesday, Mollen, 48, was shot to death in Baghdad as he drove back alone to the Green Zone, the heavily fortified area where most foreigners stay.
Mollen, a former information technology professional at Coca-Cola, was the U.S. Embassy's senior consultant to the Iraqi ministers of education. His mission was to help rebuild Iraq's universities and other higher learning institutions.
"The circumstances of his death says he wasn't going to hide and phone it in from the Green Zone," said a brother, Tim Mollen. "He felt what's the point of being there if you stay there in a secure bunker?"