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Marcus Dent, Long Time Employee of NORA Member Midstates Oil Refining Co., Makes a Difference
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Marcus “Strider” Dent, Long Time Employee of NORA Member Midstates Oil Refining Co., LLC, Makes a Difference in Baltimore City

"One of the best things about being a Guardian Angel is you find out you care about something."

Growing up with his Mom, Grandma, two brothers, and three sisters, Marcus Dent lived most of his life in Baltimore City and Baltimore County. Like many young boys, he enjoyed playing football and baseball with the other neighborhood kids. He tried his hand at boxing, but eventually focused on martial arts: it didn't hurt as much, and it started teaching him self-confidence and discipline. Like many families in Baltimore City, they had their fair share of troubles and worries. And Marcus's family would move around a bit over the years, always searching for a better and safer place for the kids to grow up. Undoubtedly the moves helped shape him into who he is today: a man who can easily relate to many different people from a variety of backgrounds.

Ask any of the Guardian Angels how people see Marcus and many of them will reply with descriptions such as "inspiring," "committed," and "full of hope."  Expanding a bit more on those thoughts, one Guardian Angel added, "I think no matter what, people see Marcus as a leader and as a fair person. He treats everyone the same: from the person who cleans the building to the person who owns the building. He remembers everyone's name and he looks everyone in the eye. He expects the same from everyone: from the individual, to the community, to the businesses, to the government."

"The hardest part is going to be reaching the kids, diffusing the gang growth. That's the main thing. We can patrol and do whatever, but to change the mindset of the drug dealers, the runners, the kids being recruited into the gangs, that's the hard part. We'll be able to knock down a lot of those walls working with the churches, the schools, and the community. We can knock down those walls. But we have to build a positive path for the kids to follow. It's not going to happen overnight, but we can do it."

"Our team can help pull communities together to let them see what we already have and what we still need. Then we go from there. And as Guardian Angels, we always do what we can, where we can to give back. When we get involved and involve the community, the crime rate is going to drop. Drugs, gangs, shootings. It's going to drop. And we're here to help communities make that happen."

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